Walk to help more babies be born healthy!


Greater Waterbury

Raised to date:
Our goal: $105,000
Quassy Amusement Park
Route 64, 2132 Middlebury Road , Middlebury, CT 06762
Date: Sunday, May 01, 2016 11:00 AM
Date: Sunday, May 01, 2016
Registration: 10:00AM  |  Start: 11:00 AM
Walk distance: 3.5 miles
Quassy Amusement Park
Route 64, 2132 Middlebury Road
Middlebury, CT 06762
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Get ready to walk in the 2016 Greater Waterbury March for Babies! It promises to be a fun day out with people who share our passion for improving the health of babies. There'll be family teams, company teams and people walking with friends - it's a great feeling knowing we're all helping real families. Join our event and walk with us to raise money for babies right here in our community! Participants will enjoy a live DJ, refreshments, bounce house, face painting, and more! A special thank you to our friends at Quassy Amusement Park for their continued hospitality!
S/F at Fieldside Pavilion

Event progress* *(As of Sunday, Jul 24, 2016)

Top non-family teams
SBD Waterbury
Saint Mary's Health System
Top family teams
The Harper Frances Fan Club
Team Peleach
The Three Peas
Top fundraisers
Mindi Davidson
Lauren Hill
Megan Lynn
*The total amount displayed reflects the amount on the team or personal fundraising progress bar. If the progress bar is not displayed on the team or personal page, the team/person won't be displayed on the leaderboard. Leaderboard totals reflect cash and checks marked "received" on the online sponsor form as well as credit card and PayPal donations. Team captains can enter as cash and mark "received" any money raised through promotions, such as bake sales and casual days and any sponsorship money paid to the March of Dimes, on their team's online form. Record all donations on your online sponsor form before you turn in cash and checks to the March of Dimes!

Our ambassador


Introducing Ella Lapinski

Leading the festivities will be the event’s 2016 Ambassadors, Lauren Hill and Daniel Lapinski, along with their two-year old daughter, Ella. Their team, “Ella Zina Preemie Power,” first walked in 2015. In December 2013, Lauren and Daniel were looking forward to the March birth of their daughter. But two days before Christmas, at just 28 weeks pregnant, Lauren, recognizing symptoms of preeclampsia (high blood pressure during pregnancy) from an article she had read the day before, went to her doctor and was immediately admitted to labor and delivery at Saint Mary’s Hospital in Waterbury. On December 26, for the safety of both mom and baby, Ella was delivered and weighed just 1 lb. 14 oz. “There are so many emotions when you realize that something is going wrong. I wondered why this was happening, if we had done something wrong. How did I get preeclampsia? Would she be okay?” said Lauren. “I wasn’t even sure what a one pound baby would look like. The thoughts are endless.” Like many premature babies, Ella had many health complications. After 10 days in the NICU at Saint Mary’s Hospital, Ella was emergency transported to the NICU at Yale-New Haven Hospital to treat an atrial flutter, a condition in which the heart's upper chambers (atria) beat too quickly. She experienced blood pressure and blood clot issues, and had a double inguinal hernia surgery. After 26 days, she was transferred back to the NICU at Saint Mary’, ultimately receiving neonatal intensive care for 57 days before going home. “Today Ella is two years old and loves puzzles, ABCs, music and dancing,” said Lauren. “It was clear from the beginning that she was feisty and a fighter and she still is!” Each year in Connecticut more than 36,000 babies are born. 1 in 10 babies are born too soon, and 1 in 7 infant deaths is attributed to a birth defect, and nearly 200 babies die before reaching their first birthday. The mission of the March of Dimes is to prevent birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality through research, education, advocacy and community programs. “When I was introduced to the March of Dimes, I had no idea there was such a large community of people who knew exactly what we had been through, because they had been through it too,” said Lauren. “We need to continue the fight to end premature birth so that parents don’t have to go through this, and more importantly, so that the babies don’t have to go through this. It’s important for Ella and her preemie friends to know their stories, so they can share, raise awareness, help other families in the future.”


- Early Bird! $50 online by 2/29/16
- Official March for Babies event t-shirt
- Tank top or cap+event t-shirt
- Long sleeve t-shirt or tote+event t-shirt
- Polo+$25 Macy's/Kmart gift card
- Polo+$75 Macy's/Kmart gift card+Disney trip entry
- Polo+$150 Macy's/Kmart gift card+Disney trip entry
- Polo+$250 Macy's/Kmart gift card+Disney trip entry
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Thank you to our national sponsors

Kmart logo Famous Footwear logo Macy's logo Cigna logo United Airlines logo Mission Pharmacal logo

Thank you to our local sponsors

Saint Mary
Blasius Chevrolet Cadillac
Quassy Amusement Park