PISCATAWAY – On April 25, at Rutgers Athletic Center in Piscataway, 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 local March for Babies Ambassador Family is the Drzyzga’s from Bridgewater. Brian and Theresa Drzyzga were so excited to be come pregnant with twins and looked forward to starting their family. At 25 ½ weeks, Theresa went into premature labor and was rushed to the hospital.
She delivered their twins, Evan and Jillian, at 26 ½ weeks, three months early. Evan and Jillian spent three months in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) with heart, brain, lung and liver problems, before being released. Today, Evan and Jillian are vibrant eighteen month olds, and the Drzyzga family is dedicated to making sure every parent has the same happy ending.
Brian Drzyzga, grateful father, has joined the March of Dimes as the Middlesex County March for Babies Chair. In this role, Brian is working with local schools and businesses to raise awareness and important funding to provide for babies who are born premature or with birth defects. Brian knows how important the March of Dimes mission is: “I am proud to volunteer for the organization that was working for my family long before we knew we needed them.”
March for Babies registration begins as 8 a.m. with the 6-mile walk kicking off at 9 a.m. Participation in March for Babies will provide a memorable and rewarding day for the whole family with activities including live music, face painting, arts and crafts and appearances by the Rutgers University Ice Hockey team and Ronald McDonald. To register for an event in your community, visit www.marchforbabies.org.
Funds raised by March for Babies in New Jersey help support prenatal wellness programs, research grants, neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) family support programs and advocacy efforts for stronger, healthier babies.
The most urgent infant health problem in the U.S. today is premature birth. It affects more than half a million babies each year, with the number growing every day. This past November, the March of Dimes issued a Report Card on Premature Birth, giving the nation a “D” and New Jersey the grade of a “D”. The March of Dimes is committed to reducing this toll by funding research to find the answers to problems that continue to threaten the heath of babies.
The March for Babies is sponsored nationally by the March of Dimes corporate supporters Kmart, Farmers Insurance Groups, CIGNA, Continental Airlines, Famous Footwear, FedEx, First Response, and Mission Pharmacal. Local sponsors include Johnson & Johnson, PSEG, Bristol Myers Squibb Children’s Hospital at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, Ernst & Young, Siemens Caring Hands Foundation, Raritan Supply Company, Wachovia-A Wells Fargo Company, Target, Walmart and Kohls.
To join in, visit marchforbabies.org to sign up as an individual, to start a corporate, family/friends team, or to donate to help babies be born healthy.
The March of Dimes is the leading nonprofit organization for pregnancy and baby health. With chapters nationwide and its premier event, March for Babies, the March of Dimes works to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality. For the latest resources and information, visit marchofdimes.com or nacersano.org.
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