Marching for an end
Daviess Community Hospital
The Daviess County March of Dimes March for Babies committee wants to give
every baby a fighting chance, but to do that, they need your help.
“The March of Dimes is the only preventative health care organization
that has solved its problem,” said Mike Ball, development manager
for the March of Dimes, as he addressed the group gathered for the annual
Daviess County March of Dimes Kickoff Friday at Daviess Community Hospital.
“When it was started in 1938 by President Franklin Roosevelt, the
goal was to eradicate polio. They were able to do that and then we switched
our focus to babies.”
Ball said with premature births being the number one cause of death for
babies before their first birthday, there’s a lot for which to fight.
“We’re making strides,” said Ball. “We have offered
community programs to help moms-to-be have full-term pregnancies and healthy
babies. We advocate for legislation and programs that help moms get the
services and care they need. The big one though, is research and it’s
For every dollar raised through March for Babies events, as well as other
fundraisers, 76 cents goes to research Ball said.
Dr. Dennis Atienza, a local OB/GYN, said the research conducted by the
March of Dimes is beneficial to many, including himself and other OB doctors.
“The research being done really helps our profession,” he
said adding it’s difficult to predict what will cause a premature
birth. “It helps us help our patients.”
One of the more recent research breakthroughs may have been the use of
“In a five-year study, we saw that taking folic acid had decreased
instances of neural tube defects 30 percent,” said Ball.
Meet the Ambassador Family
Cory and Honey Combs shared their daughter, Harper’s prematurity
story with those on hand for the kickoff.
“At our 28-week check-up, the doctors said everything looked good,”
said Cory Combs, as he watched Honey rock a sleeping Harper. “Then
on Sunday, Honey started cramping.”
Cory said he took Honey to her one of her favorite places, Fazoli’s,
and he knew something was wrong when she didn’t finish her food.
Honey, insisted though, that she was fine so the couple returned home.
Just a few hours later though, Cory did a little research in hopes of
finding some kind of relief for Honey and realized she was in pre-term labor.
“It was probably the scariest thing we’ve ever been through,” he said.
At 8:16 p.m. little Harper Lee Combs, weighing in at just over 3 lbs.,
made her way into the world.
The Combs said Harper was transferred to St. Mary’s in Evansville
where she spent 10 weeks in the NICU.
“The hospitals were all great,” he said, adding that Harper
is now 10 lbs., and thriving.
Daviess County March for Babies
The Daviess County March for Babies will be held at the National Guard
Armory on May 6.
“Our goal is to raise $18,000 this year in Daviess County,”
said Ball, adding that if teams register online, they should search for
the Daviess/Knox County event. “It looks like the events are the
same day but they aren’t. It’s two different walks with one
goal of $60,000.”
Ball said the $18,000 was about what Daviess County raised to help fight
premature births last year.
Local organizers hope to make the event one for the whole community to
attend this year.
In addition to the walk, area youth will provide entertainment before
the walk and other activities are still in the planning stages.
“It’s free for anyone to come out and see what we’re
doing,” said Ball adding there is no fee to register to participate
in the March for Babies.
In the coming weeks, Ball said registration forms will be available to
those who prefer to do their fundraising in a more traditional way.
“We’ll have forms available soon,” he said, adding sponsorship
opportunities are still available.
Those with questions on the March for Babies should contact Ball at 812-449-4649.
Looking to form a team?
Visit www.marchforbabies.org/registration and search for the Knox/Daviess
County event (Once the Knox County event is complete, the name will be
changed to Daviess County.)
The Daviess County March for Babies will be held May 6 at the National
Guard Armory. Registration will begin at 9 a.m. with the walk beginning at 10 a.m
*Article written by Lindsey Owens and provided by the Washington Times
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