Hundreds gather in Rockland for March of DimesEvent raises $26,500 for healthier babies
Rockland — About 200 people, including many from other parts of the state, participated in the March of Dimes March for Babies Sunday, May 18, in the city.
March of Dimes Senior Community Director Janelle LoSciuto said the event raised $26,500.
Many who participated had stories to share about their own children born too early. The March of Dimes is dedicated to raising money and awareness to help prevent premature births.
One of the participants was Anita Witham of South Thomaston. In 2009, her son, Theo, was born 25-and-a-half weeks into her pregnancy, which was supposed to last about 40 weeks. He came into the world weighing 1 pound, 2 ounces, and only survived three days.
This will be the fifth year Witham has participated in the March of Dimes walk, raising almost $30,000. This year, Theo's team raised $5,000.
The march started at Trackside Station restaurant and proceeded down Pleasant Street toward Main Street. The walk included going over Rockland's boardwalk.
In addition to the march itself, there were activities including a bounce house for children.
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Daniel Dunkle is editor of The Courier-Gazette and news director for Courier Publications. He lives in Rockland with his wife, Christine, who also works for Courier Publications, and two children.
Dunkle has previously served as editor of The Republican Journal in Belfast. He has worked as a reporter and photographer in the Midcoast since 1998.