LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Luke Gamez is a happy, active 4 year old today. But when he was born, he weighed just 1 pound 12 ounces.
His story was featured today at the kickoff luncheon for the March for Babies, as area team leaders came together to get excited about this year’s goal. March for Babies is the biggest fundraiser of the year for the March of Dimes as it continues the fight against premature births and birth defects.
The annual March for Babies is inspired this year by its chairman, Dr. Amy Thompson, who is also CEO of Covenant Health and Covenant Children’s Hospital. She says, “We have $250,000 for our goal for the city of Lubbock.” She says she is really trying to make this campaign a fun one so people will want to get involved and keep their teams interested.
She says they have tried many unusual fundraising ideas, including flocking her yard with flamingos until she paid to have the birds removed and planted on another yard for fun. She says those birds flew from yard to yard among Covenant employees and raised a lot of money that way. But the bottom line, she says is coming up with fun ideas to raise a lot of money for a good cause.
The March for Babies this year is set for April 27 and it will be at Lubbock’s American Windmill Museum.
Many agree that is a smart move. The last two March for Babies have been unusually cold, so the Windmill museum offers an option if the weather is uncomfortable. Organizers say if it’s cold outside this year, they’ll just move the walk inside.
For more information or registration, go to www.marchforbabies.org/event/lubbock