We had a wonderful time yesterday at the Greater Western Maryland March for Babies! The weather was beautiful and it was a real pleasure to get out with so many friends and neighbors to support the March of Dimes. It is such an honor to be a part of a community that comes out in such numbers to encourage each other, honor the memory of children who have been lost, and contribute to the March of Dimes' efforts to treat and prevent premature birth.

Here are some pictures from the day:

The starting line at the Greater Western Maryland March for Babies

We arrived at Middletown Park an hour before the walk start time and the parking lot was already almost completely full! I can't say enough about how great it was to see so many families there, and the park was a beautiful place to start and end the walk.

After the Superhero Sprint

My favorite part of the day was the Superhero Sprint. The kids got capes, and a few had adorable purple masks. They ran a short course just before the walk began. There were firemen in capes running along with the kids, cheering them on. The children seemed to have a great time, and it was lovely to see the pride on so many parents' faces.

Lots of encouragement at the starting line

We walked 3 miles through Middletown, passing signs commemorating and celebrating premature babies and their families. It was touching to see families eagerly looking for their signs and stopping to take pictures next to them. We found Jacqui's near the end of the route.

Jacqui's sign on Ambassador Avenue

After arriving back at the park, families had lunch and relaxed on the grass overlooking the pond while the kids played. It was a beautiful day, and it was such an honor to be a part of a community event to support preemie babies and their families. We're looking forward to doing it again next year!