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Published on March 04, 2007

March of Dimes Announces Kick-Off for 2007 Walk America

March 4, 2007

Participating in the Feb. 26 kickoff for the DeKalb March of Dimes Walk America

Participating in the Feb. 26
kickoff for the DeKalb March of
Dimes Walk America, from left,
are: Heidi Lindhorst, RN, director
of obstetrics for Kishwaukee
Community Hospital; Michael
Cullen, honorary chair,
president and CEO of The
National Bank and Trust
Company; Chad Stewart
holding Christian and Matthew;
Jessica Stewart holding
Grayson; and Lisa Kijowski, 2007 
WalkAmerica Chair. The DeKalb
walk is April 28 at Hopkins Park.

DeKalb-Jessica and Chad Stewart of DeKalb and their triplet sons are the 2007 ambassador family for the March of Dimes Walk America to be held Saturday, April 28 at Hopkins Park, DeKalb.

The family was introduced Feb. 26, at the kick-off event held at Kishwaukee Community Hospital. The hospital is presenting sponsor of the walk.

Mary Struthers from the Northern Illinois Division of the March of Dimes introduced the 2007 ambassador family and honorary chair, Michael Cullen, President and CEO of the National Bank and Trust Company.

The Stewarts told their touching story of having premature triplets and how the work of the March of Dimes has impacted their family. The boys, Christian, Matthew and Grayson, are now healthy one year olds.

Both the Stewarts and Cullen will work hard over the next two months to spread the word about WalkAmerica.

Struthers also presented plaques to the top walkers and teams from the 2006 WalkAmerica event. Kristi Wigg was the top individual fundraiser raising $3,737.00. “Our Little Angel” led by Andy and Lisa Kijowski was the top family team fundraiser with $7,826.00. “NIU Sparklers” led by Dorothy Razniewski raised $2,187.00 and “Kishwaukee Community Hospital” led by Kim Heinisch raised $1,980.00. They both earned the top team award.

The March of Dimes is a national voluntary health agency whose mission is to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects and infant mortality. Founded in 1938, the March of Dimes funds programs of research, community services, education, and advocacy to save babies.

In 2003, the organization launched a campaign to address the increasing rate of premature birth. To learn more, visit the March of Dimes web site at www.marchofdimes.com or it s Spanish web site at www.nacersano.org.

Those interested in forming a team or raising funds individually for the April 28 DeKalb should contact Struthers at 815-397-0097. All efforts are appreciated to help save babies.

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