Jeremy Foreman had barely wrapped up Glynn Academy’s first annual March for Babies when he began to plan for next year’s event.
Foreman organized the fundraiser last month to support the March of Dimes’ mission to improve the health of mothers and babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality. The event took place March 31 at Glynn Academy, where Foreman is an assistant principal.
The march attracted nearly 40 people and raised $800 for the March of Dimes.
“It was just a nice, festive day. It was very festive,” Foreman said. “We had music. We had bouncy houses for the kids. Southern Soul provided us with food, and Walgreens donated all the water, and they gave us a bag with some supplies in it.”
At the march, participants donated money to walk and raise awareness of premature birth and March of Dimes’ mission.
Many schools were represented by teams walking in the march, Foreman said. Participating schools included Glynn Academy, Brunswick High School, Jane Macon Middle School and Glyndale Elementary School. Foreman hopes to grow that participation next year.
“I would like to to see the entire Mansfield Street lined with tents from schools and lined with businesses,” Foreman said.
Premature births affect many people in this community, he said, and this sort of event brings everyone affected together and spreads awareness about the issue and on how to offer support.
Foreman’s daughter Amber Kate was born 16 weeks early and spent 110 days in the hospital. During that time, his family received support not only from the March of Dimes but also from their community back home.
“When I went through my experience, I was at Brunswick High, and Brunswick High was so supportive of me and my wife,” Foreman said. “They took care of my kids, they fed my kids — whatever we needed, they did it.”
His wife, who works at Glyndale Elementary, saw the same support from her school community.
“What we’re trying to do now is make sure everyone understands,” he said. “I’m pretty sure at every school, every business, someone’s been impacted by premature birth. So we definitely want to make sure they’re aware of what we’re doing.”
Foreman plans to have the second March for Babies next spring. He also encouraged community members to continue to support the March of Dimes throughout the year.