EASLEY — Derick and Jessica Thompson and their child, Lizzie Ru are serving as Pickens County’s 2017 March for Babies Ambassador Family to help raise awareness about the lifesaving work of the March of Dimes.
In Pickens County, March for Babies will take place on May 6 at 9 a.m. at Old Market Square. John Eby, with Pickens County School District, is the event chairman.
The Thompsons understand firsthand what it can mean if a baby is not born healthy. Lizzie Ru was born too soon, weighing just 1 pound and 7 ounces.
Lizzie Ru survived her premature birth but needed to spend 96 days in the NICU at Greenville Memorial Hospital. Today, Lizzie Ru is a spunky two-year-old.
Her parents, Derrick and Jessica understand the significant role that March of Dimes research played in helping save Lizzie Ru’s life.
“No parent should have to experience the heart-wrenching journey that happens when a baby is born too soon,” said Jessica Thompson. “That’s why we’re honored to have this opportunity to help the March of Dimes continue working to give every baby a fighting chance.”
Premature birth touches nearly 400,000 babies and their families every year including more than 6,000 babies in South Carolina each year. Babies born too soon are struggle to survive and may have lifelong health consequences.
The March of Dimes is committed to funding groundbreaking research to find ways to prevent premature birth and to funding local programs to educate healthcare providers and moms-to-be. Pickens County residents can register for March for Babies at marchforbabies.org.
Local March for Babies sponsors include Sealevel Systems, Baptist Easley, Alice Manufacturing, the City of Easley, Reliable Sprinkler, Tom Winkopp, Benson Ford, and The Sentinel-Progress.
For more than 75 years, moms and babies have benefited from March of Dimes research, education, vaccines, and breakthroughs. Find out how you can help raise funds to prevent premature birth and birth defects by walking in March for Babies at marchforbabies.org.