One of Bismarck’s own has been named the official 2010 March for Babies North Dakota Ambassador Family.
The March for Babies event is the oldest nationwide charitable walking event, as well as the largest fundraiser for the March of Dimes national voluntary health agency. The agency, founded in 1938, is focused on preventing premature births, birth defects and infant mortality. It funds anything from community services to research programs.
Kristin and Chad Krumwiede along with their four children Delaney, Shelby, Avery and Brody, have been chosen to share their story and inspire others to participate in the March for Babies event. All of the Krumwiede children were born prematurely, so the family understands how important the march is.
“We feel really honored and blessed (to have been chosen),” Kristin Krumwiede said. “Our children are here because of the March of Dimes. Now that they’re here and healthy and doing amazing, it’s our chance to give back.”
Not only were the Krumwiede’s children premature; their niece and nephew were, too.
“(Chad Krumwiede’s) brother also had premature babies,” Karen Roseland, state director for the March of Dimes, said. “Truly everybody in the Krumwiede family had premature babies, so they have walked the walk and talked the talk.”
Kristin Krumwiede said that this is her family’s sixth year of being involved with the March for Babies, so they’re no strangers to the event.
“They have been strong supporters for years, and they understand the need for this event,” Roseland said.
As the 2010 March for Babies N.D. Ambassador Family, the Krumwiedes will be participating in all of the major walks in North Dakota. They will be speaking and telling their story at all of them.
This year, the March for Babies will be held May 15 at the Bismarck State College Community Bowl, 1500 Edwards Ave. The warm-up will begin at 9 a.m. and the march starts at 10. There also will be a luncheon provided by Subway.
The March for Babies will be chaired by Geoff Simon of MDU Resources Group Inc. and Al Christianson of Great River Energy. Those interested in participating or would like more information can visit www.marchforbabies.org. Registration can be done online or at the bowl the day of the event before the march begins.