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March for Babies gives newborns a healthy start


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The youngest members of society are the center of attention for hundreds of individuals and organizations as they prepare for the March for Babies ( fundraising walk Saturday, April 26, at the State Capitol.

Presented by Sutter Health, the March for Babies is part of the March of Dimes, and Sacramento State is proud to be an active partner with the organization in its continuing effort to make sure all newborns get a healthy start.

University President Alexander Gonzalez is chair of this year’s campaign, leading the call for commitment for not only the campus community but the city and regional community as well.

“Sacramento State is here to serve the region, and what better way to serve than to help every child get a healthy start to life,” Gonzalez says. “The March for Babies is a great opportunity to showcase the integral ways our faculty, staff and students are shaping this region’s future.”

More information on Sac State’s participation can be found at

Because babies who are born early often face many health challenges, the March of Dimes helps expectant families to have full-term pregnancies, and also supports research, screenings and advocacy.

The March for Babies is one of that organization’s most important fundraising projects. This year’s three-mile route starts at the Capitol and loops back through Old Sacramento.

Participants form teams and collect pledges. Marchers can create online personal profiles, complete with photos and animated cards for friends and families.

On April 26, marchers will begin gathering on the west steps of the Capitol at 7:30 a.m. for registration, with the actual walk beginning at 9. There will be live music and a T-shirt contest.

At Sacramento State, the campaign has been embraced by faculty, staff and students. University officials recognize the importance of supporting organizations such as the March of Dimes as part of Sac State’s ongoing commitment to the community.

“On behalf of the Greater Capital Board of Directors, we are so thrilled to have Dr. Gonzalez serve as the 2014 March for Babies chair,” says Board Chair Dr. Diana Farmer of the UC Davis Medical Center. “His commitment to this cause exemplifies his drive to make a difference in the lives of the students and their families in this community.”

To register or get more information, visit the websites or call (916) 922-1913.

A number of local businesses and organizations have joined the effort as sponsors of the March for Babies:

  • Gold Sponsor: Hanson Bridgett
  • Silver Sponsors: First Tech Federal Credit Union and Western HealthAdvantage
  • Bronze Sponsors: Cisco, Delta Dental, The Evergreen Co., Placer Ranch, Sacramento State’s University Enterprises Inc., SAFE Credit Union, United Health Care
  • Checkpoint Sponsor: Blue Diamond Almonds

For media assistance, call Sacramento State’s Public Affairs office at (916) 278-6156. – Craig Koscho