March for Babies Kick-off Held in Stephens County

Stephens County kicks off the annual March for Babies campaign.

The Stephens County kick-off event for this year’s March for Babies campaign took place earlier this month at St. Matthias Episcopal Church in Toccoa.

Ashley Young-Roesler is the Central Georgia Division Director for the March of Dimes.

She said the event officially starts the fundraising season for the March for Babies walk in the Fall.

“We are celebrating the things we are going to be doing and getting the tools to do that fundraising,” said Young-Roesler. “We are also meeting each other.”

This year’s March for Babies for Stephens and Franklin counties is set for Saturday, October 18 at Tugaloo State Park.

Each year, the March for Babies raises money for the March of Dimes.

The March of Dimes focuses its resources on prevention of premature births and birth defects, as well as the general health of babies.

Young-Roesler said the March for Babies is the main community fundraiser for the March of Dimes.

“This particular fundraiser is tremendously important,” said Young-Roesler. “This is actually the only type of fundraising we do in the community. Statewide, it drives 90 percent of the revenue that comes back into the Foundation, then in turn comes back locally to support our babies. This is the way that anyone that gets involved directly touches the babies in our community.”

Also in attendance at this month’s Stephens County kick-off event was the ambassador family for this year for Stephens County, the Harris family.

“We have twin boys, Gavin and Griffin,” said Molly Harris, their mother. “They were born at 30 weeks, so they spent five weeks in the NICU. We did not have any problems. They are super healthy and we are thankful for that.”

Harris said her family is very thankful for the March of Dimes because without the help that the organization has provided over the years, her boys may not be as healthy as they are today.

“The March of Dimes has meant so much to our family,” said Harris. “The research they have done and funded over the years to give our boys the healthy start that they did. We are just so thankful for all they provide to the hospitals so they can provide the best care to all (premature) infants.”

Harris encouraged everyone to donate to the March of Dimes, adding that you never know when it may be your family or someone close to you that needs the help of the March of Dimes.

For more information on the March for Babies in Stephens and Franklin counties, call Young-Roesler at 770-315-2427 or go online to and search for the Franklin-Stephens County event.