MADISONVILLE, Ky. — On Sept. 19 at Baptist Health Madisonville’s Trover Wellness Park, hundreds 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 community Ambassador Family is the Bearden Family.

“We are honored to serve as the Ambassador Family for the 2015 Hopkins County March for Babies. Our baby boy, Atticus, was born six weeks early, and we are forever grateful for the NICU staff at Baptist Health Madisonville, and the medical advancements made possible by the March of Dimes. Atticus was fortunate to receive lifesaving surfactant therapy to assist in his breathing. This treatment was made possible by the funding and research from the March of Dimes. Now we are blessed to have a happy, healthy and thriving little boy. That’s why we are asking our family, friends, and community to help support the March of Dimes in honor of our son. We invite you to join us on Sept. 19 as we walk together for stronger, healthier babies. Thank you for helping us give all babies a healthy future.”

The Ambassador Family is joined by LeAnn Todd Langston, the Hopkins County 2015 March for Babies Chair.

Baptist Health Madisonville’s Maternal Child Health Coordinator, LeAnn Todd Langston is proud to serve as the 2015 Hopkins County March for Babies Chair. As a nurse for more than 20 years, LeAnn has dedicated her life to the care of mothers and babies. She currently serves on the board of the Hopkins County Board of Health, the West Kentucky March of Dimes Division and the Program Service Committee for the state March of Dimes, as well as the Every Woman Southeast Kentucky Committee. She was instrumental in the implementation of Healthy Babies Are Worth the Wait at Baptist Health, as well as the CenteringPregnancy program. Additionally, Langston has conducted CenteringPregnancy workshops that have aided in systems across the state in implementing the program and was featured in the Kentucky Educational Television program Born to Soon in 2010. Most recently, she helped to bring perinatal diagnostic services to Madisonville, allowing many patients with high risk pregnancies to receive care close to home. Langston has led the health system in its efforts to reduce preterm births, primary caesarian sections, inductions and low birth weight births. With her leadership, women’s health services in Hopkins County have advanced to include cutting-edge, evidence-based processes, cultivating a patient-centered environment, and increasing state and national perinatal networking opportunities. Over the next few months, Langston will lead the campaign to raise awareness and gain support for March of Dimes research and community programs to help moms have full-term pregnancies and healthy babies. She looks forward to celebrating our babies, our families and our victories, and honoring those babies we have lost.

Registration begins at 10 a.m. with the 2-mile walk kicking off at 10:30 a.m. Participation in March for Babies will provide a memorable and rewarding day for the whole family including music, special guests appearances from Elsa and Olaf, face painting, bounce house, special treat from Dippin’ Dots, free lunch including hamburgers, hotdogs, chips and a drink.

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

For more than 75 years, moms and babies have benefited from March of Dimes research, education, vaccines, and breakthroughs.

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