Macon County's annual March for Babies was held last Saturday at the Franklin Memorial Park. Despite a chilly morning, the Macon County community came together to help raise money for a worthy cause.
The three-mile walk around downtown Franklin was organized as a celebration of all the efforts the community has made in support of its smallest members, babies. This year's March for Babies event featured the Honorary Chairperson for the walk, Franklin's new Police Chief David Adams. According to Jennifer Hollifield, Macon County’s March for Babies Chairperson, the Steering Committee was very excited to have Chief Adams walk with them on Saturday.
“I am honored to be here with you today,” said Chief Adams. “I think it is so important for our community to work together for the babies in Macon County.”
Joining Chief Adams was Angel Medical Center's new CEO, Jim Bross. AMC partnered with March for Babies to hold the event, a partnership that Bross views as vitally important. “Thank you for letting me be here today and to walk with all of the friends and families touched by premature births,” said Bross. “I am glad that Angel Medical Center is able to partner with March for Babies on this event to insure that our little ones get the best care that they possibly can.”
The 2012 Ambassador family for Macon County is Justin and Rachel Cowart. Their daughter Addison was born Feb. 20, 2012 and was nearly 12 weeks early. She weighed only two pounds, five ounces and was a mere 15.5 inches long. Addison was hospitalized in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Mission Hospital for six weeks. She had several health issues during this time but is currently a healthy 7½ month old who weighs 17.5 pounds and is now 25 inches long. “We were blessed that although Addison was born early, she didn't have all of the complications that many premature babies struggle with,” said Rachel Cowart. “We know that without the help and support of March for Babies, we may not have our Addison today.”
Like her mother explained on Saturday, much of Addison’s success is due to the care she received while in the NICU at Mission. NICUs are specialized units that care for the smallest and sickest of babies. March of Dimes research and funding is a large part of the success of NICUs across the country.
In addition to the walk, the celebration continued with food, door prizes, entertainment by the Macon County Line Dancers and demonstrations by the Macon County Sheriff’s Department.