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March of Dimes® March for Babies Needs You

Wednesday, March 12, 2014 - 5:27pm

March for Babies Team Captain Tracy Robinson (left) and coworker Cecilia Garza display a collection box and the $10 pins that authorize wearing jeans to work on April 1.

March for Babies Team Captain Tracy Robinson (left) and coworker Cecilia Garza display a collection box and the $10 pins that authorize wearing jeans to work on April 1. Photo by Rhonda Whitmeyer.

Donations and walkers are needed for the annual March of Dimes® March for Babies, a 5-mile walk set for Sunday, April 27 at the University of Houston, 2400 Calhoun.  Sign-in begins at 8 before the walk begins at 9 a.m.  The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) has teamed up with Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center and Children’s Memorial Hermann for this event.

At the School of Dentistry, Senior Support Specialist Tracy Robinson in the Department of Diagnostic Sciences is a team captain and invites others to sign up for Team UTHealth-School of Dentistry at the March of Dimes website.

Whether you walk or not, you can also help by dropping spare change in donation boxes set up in each department. And for $10 each, Robinson is selling buttons that will enable the wearer to come to work in jeans on Tuesday, April 1, with 100 percent of proceeds going to the March of Dimes. Contact her at Tracy.Robinson@uth.tmc.edu or 713-486-4407, or visit office 5364 to buy a button. 

All UTHealth walkers will get purple T-shirts with the team motto, “We walk so they can run.” 

The T-shirts will be printed on back with a list of names of those who have been impacted by this cause. This year, participants may honor them by printing their names on the back of Team UTHealth’s March for Babies T-shirt for a suggested minimum donation of $25. Proceeds benefit March of Dimes®, which provides funds for lifesaving research for babies, as well as antepartum resources for parents.

If you’d like to honor a child or loved one on the Team UTHealth T-shirt, donate to team “UTHealth Science Center” by making a self-donation of $25. Once you've donated, send an email to Natasha.R.Helm@uth.tmc.edu with the name of the child you would like to honor, along with your T-shirt size. The printing deadline to submit names is Friday, March 28. 

Team UTHealth Co-Chairs for 2014 are Sean C. Blackwell, MD, chair of the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences, and Kevin P. Lally, MD, chair of the Department of Pediatric Surgery, both of UTHealth Medical School. Money raised helps fund research in the Texas Medical Center – including at UTHealth – and supports education programs that help moms have healthy, full-term pregnancies.

For more information, contact Natasha Helm at Natasha.R.Helm@uth.tmc.edu.