On Sunday, May 18, at Trackside Station, thousands of families and business leaders will join together in the March of Dimes annual March for Babies — the nation’s oldest walk fundraiser honoring babies born healthy and those who need help to survive and thrive.

This year’s Rockland March for Babies Ambassador Family is the Falla family of Tenants Harbor. Kristin and Dan Falla were so excited to become parents and were looking forward to welcoming twins to their family. At 33 weeks, Kristin went into premature labor. She delivered babies John and Dexter seven weeks early at Miles Memorial Hospital (now LincolnHealth) in Damariscotta, before being transported via a neonatal intensive care unit team to Maine Medical Center. The twins spent four weeks in the newborn intensive care unit of the hospital before going home. Today John and Dex are vibrant 15 month-old babies, and the Falla family is dedicated to making sure other parents don’t experience the same trauma or have the same happy ending.

The Fallas are joined by Kelly Woods, the Rockland March for Babies chairman. Woods, who owner of Trackside Station, knows how important the March of Dimes mission is. As a mother, she took on the role to raise awareness and important funding to provide for babies who are born premature or with birth defects.

Registration begins at 8 a.m. with the three-mile walk kicking off at 9 a.m. Participation in March for Babies will provide a memorable and rewarding day for the whole family including a bounce house, food, activities and more. Well-behaved leashed dogs are welcome. To register for an event in your community, visit marchforbabies.org.

Funds raised by March for Babies in Maine help support prenatal wellness programs, research grants, newborn intensive care unit (NICU) family support programs and advocacy efforts for stronger, healthier babies.