BRANCHVILLE, NJ - It’s that time again.  Time to get out the walking shoes, get on a team or create one of your own and go get sponsors.  The walk will take place on Sunday, April 26.  The 3.5 mile walk begins and ends at the Sussex County Fairgrounds Conservatory Building Courtyard.  

Leading the festivities will be the event's Ambassadors - Melissa Fernandez and Luis Torres, and their son Luis. They will share the story of losing their first child, and of Luis’ full-term, healthy birth and thank walkers for their commitment to the March of Dimes mission to give all babies a healthy start.

Their story began a few years ago when Melissa and Luis were overjoyed to learn they would become parents and be starting their family. However, their dreams were put on hold when their baby was diagnosed with tricuspid atresia, a congenital heart defect. At just 20 weeks, sadly Melissa lost the baby. Exactly one year later, she became pregnant and a full nine months later, gave birth to a healthy baby boy, Luis. Today, Luis is a vibrant 18 month old baby. The Torres-Fernandez family is dedicated to making sure other parents can have the same happy ending.

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This inspiring family is trying to reach their fundraising goal of $1000 for the April 26 event.

The March of Dimes has worked for more than 75 years to help babies get a healthy start in life.  About 4 million babies were born in the United States last year, and the March of Dimes has helped each and every one through research, education, vaccines, and breakthroughs. Join us at March for Babies, the oldest and best-loved walking event in the country, along with Torres-Fernandez family of Franklin.

“Taking part in March for Babies is more than just support. You’re changing the future for babies and making the world a better place.  It takes just a few moments to sign up and join millions of people raising funds and hope to families across the country.  Meet your friends and neighbors as they join hands to help raise the funds needed to make a difference in the lives of these families,” said JoAnn L Bartoli Senior Community Director.

To sign up to walk and fundraise go to marchforbabies.org, or call 973-296-8803.

The event is in need of yard signs and banners to be donated.  If any printer is willing to donate any of this, please contact JoAnn Bartoli at 973-296-8803.  Ideally the yard signs should be 18”x24” with stakes and 100 would be perfect.  Banners should be in the size range of 10’x3’ and 10 would be perfect.  As a sign donor, you would be a sponsor in kind and noted on before and during the event.  The donation is also tax deductible.