Walk to help more babies be born healthy!



Raised to date:
Our goal: $75,000
River Plex
600 Northeast Water Street , Peoria, IL 61603
Date: Saturday, April 29, 2017 10:00 AM
Date: Saturday, April 29, 2017
Registration: 9:00AM  |  Start: 10:00 AM
Walk distance: 3.1 miles
River Plex
600 Northeast Water Street
Peoria, IL 61603
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We walk to give EVERY BABY a fighting chance. Thank you to all our dedicated walkers, donors and volunteers who have accepted the challenge to help fight premature birth, birth defects, and infant loss. We cannot achieve our mission without each one of you! The 2017 March for Babies will highlight the strength of families affected by premature birth, birth defects, and the loss of a child, celebrate the strides we’ve made towards accomplishing our mission, and applaud the fundraising efforts of our donors. On Saturday, April 29, we will come together at the RiverPlex and River Front Trail to support the March of Dimes. Our goal is to raise a total of $100,000 for a healthier future for all babies. Ready to start or reactivate your Family or Corporate Team? Contact Jessica Henrichs at (815) 220-5807 or jhenrichs@marchofdimes.org

Event progress* *(As of Saturday, May 27, 2017)

Top non-family teams
AT&T Finance Dunlap/Beek - Peoria
FedEx Ground Morton
Top family teams
Team Kayley Thiel
Vollmer Twins
the three preems
Top fundraisers
Megan Thiel
Kayley Thiel
Lori Walters-Kramer
*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


2017 Peoria Ambassador Kayley Thiel

When Megan Thiel’s water broke at just 25 weeks of pregnancy, she knew something was very wrong. She was admitted to the hospital, put on magnesium sulfate to try to prevent labor and given steroid injections to develop her daughter’s lungs. Kayley Thiel was born 12 days later at 27 weeks 2 days gestation. Kayley was immediately intubated and taken to the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). Kayley was given surfactant to treat her respiratory distress syndrome and spent over 50 days on oxygen support, 15 days of which were on a ventilator. She had bleeding on both sides of her brain, anemia, severe reflux that led to a feeding disorder, and jaundice among other things. Kayley spent 86 days in the NICU. Thanks in large part to medical advances from research that was funded by the March of Dimes, Kayley is a happy, healthy 8 1/2 year old with no apparent lasting effects of her prematurity.


- Early Bird! $50 online by 2/28/17
- Official March for Babies event t-shirt
- March of Dimes tumbler or carry all tote + event t-shirt
- March of Dimes cooler or hooded t-shirt + event t-shirt
- Champion for Babies hat + 1/4 zip pullover OR polo + event t-shirt
- Champion for Babies hat + backpack OR rain jacket + event t-shirt
- Champion for Babies hat + sports chair OR jacket + event t-shirt
- Champion for Babies hat + rolling suitcase OR wagon + event t-shirt
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Thank you to our national sponsors

Kmart logo Famous Footwear logo Macy's logo Cigna logo HCA Healthcare logo Publix logo

Thank you to our local sponsors

Health Alliance Medical Plans
Peoria Metro New Car Dealers Association
Bump Boxes
Cypress Asset Management
UAW 974
Adams Outdoor Advertising
92.3 WZPW
97.3 NASH FM