March for Babies Held Saturday

Stephens and Franklin counties come together to support the March of Dimes.

The annual March for Babies to support the March of Dimes took place Saturday at Tugaloo State Park in Franklin County.

A good crowd turned out to make the two-mile walk in support of the March of Dimes, which focuses on prevention of premature births and birth defects, as well as the general health of babies.

That crowd included this year’s March of Dimes ambassador families for both Stephens and Franklin counties.

This year’s Stephens County ambassador family is Samantha and Shannon Shirley, and their child, Corbin Shirley.

Samantha Shirley said the support the community shows for the March of Dimes is appreciated.

“It is very overwhelming to have this much support,” said Shirley. “To know that Corbin and the Franklin County family have this much support for them on this day is great.”

She went on to say that the March of Dimes does great work in trying to prevent premature births.

This year’s Franklin County ambassador family echoes that sentiment. The Franklin County ambassador family is Courtney and Greg Kellum, and their child, Kade.

Courtney Kellum said that money provided by the March of Dimes has a direct benefit.

“Kade was born at 24 weeks, so he required lots of medication, lots of assistance and that is what March of Dimes does,” said Kellum.

Organizers said they are pleased with the turnout this year.

The fundraising goal was $40,000 for this year and according to organizers, Franklin and Stephens counties are two-thirds of the way there with another month and a half for fundraising.