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March for Babies in Chambersburg raises $64,000

About 400 people walked under cloudy skies to raise money for March of Dimes

About 400 people walked under cloudy skies to raise money for March of Dimes

April 28, 2008|By JENNIFER FITCH

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. -- The Carrow family team walking in Sunday's March for Babies said it had "half" a member in 3-year-old Jordan.

The adults expected to chase the energetic boy on the five-mile course designed to raise money for children less healthy than Jordan.

The March of Dimes fundraiser, formerly known as WalkAmerica, raised $64,000, an amount that exceeded the Chambersburg event's goal by $6,000.

"My committee said it's the most people they've seen" at Chambersburg's walk, Hannah Wentling said.

Wentling, community director for the March of Dimes in Harrisburg, Pa., estimated that 400 people walked under cloudy skies.

"My daughter came all the way from Illinois specifically for this," said Susan Carrow, of Chambersburg.

The Carrow team raised more than $200 by talking to friends and co-workers.

"We did try door to door, but we didn't get much of a response," Susan Carrow said.

Sue Weagley, of Chambersburg, walked with the Shippensburg, Pa., area Kmart team.

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"It's a very organized event, and it's a challenge for both walking and to know you're walking for a good cause," Weagley said.

Lindsay Decker's first-time participation came as part of the Schreiber Foods team from Shippensburg. Decker, of Chambersburg, described the March for Babies as "a good walk for a good cause."

"I just had a lot of people I work with involved, and they said, 'You should do it,' so I got involved, too," Decker said.

This year's ambassador child was Kayla Diane Baker from Hustontown, Pa. She weighed just 2 pounds, 3 ounces when born three months prematurely.

"She had acid reflux pretty bad, and now she'll have seizures every once in awhile," said Susan Coughlin, who has baby-sat the 2-year-old Kayla, whom she described as "very, very intelligent."

Coughlin, of Waterfall, Pa., called care for a tiny baby "scary."

"My nieces were all 2 pounds-something when they were born, too," Coughlin said.

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