March of Dimes gears up for 2010 event



Article Published: Dec. 30, 2009 | Modified: Sep. 7, 2011

Appalachian State University athletic director Charlie Cobb and his wife, Lindsay, along with Dr. Scott St. Clair, Blue Ridge Pediatrics, and his wife, Cameron, invite the community to join them for the March of Dimes annual fundraising campaign.

"We are honored to have the Cobbs and the St. Clairs lead the way for the second year," said Elizabeth Franklin, March of Dimes Foothills Division director. "When our leaders publicly stand with a cause they support, they show the whole community the value of volunteer service and community involvement. Under their leadership last spring, the walk was transformed into a family fun event. Participation in the event tripled from 2008."

Lindsay and Charlie Cobb were excited about the birth of their first child in 1997. After a perfect pregnancy, Lindsay had complications at 30 weeks gestation and went on full bed rest. Their son, Harrison, was born at 32 weeks and spent 23 days in the NICU in Atlanta.

In 2001, Lindsay and Charlie welcomed their second child into the world in dramatic fashion.
Branan was born at almost 31 weeks via emergency C-section. She spent 36 days in the NICU in Raleigh.

In 2005, the Cobbs moved to Boone, where Charlie works as ASU's athletics director. Lindsay is an assistant coach for the Appalachian women's soccer team. The March of Dimes holds a special place in their hearts, not only because of their personal experience with the birth of their children, but also because of the many friends and colleagues that have experienced difficulties in pregnancy and childbirth in recent years.

Scott and Cameron St. Clair's first child, Price, was also born prematurely. The St. Clairs moved to Boone in July 2002 for Scott to join Blue Ridge Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine, and their two younger children were born here. They are the proud parents of Price, 9, Blane, 7, and Virginia, 5.

They are enthusiastic about helping with this year's March for Babies, not only because of Scott's professional interest in promoting the health of all infants, but also because of their personal experience with their oldest son. They share the March of Dimes' belief that children's health is a top priority - all babies should have the chance to be born healthy.

The St. Clairs and the Cobbs are asking every business and every family in the High Country to join them by signing up at marchforbabies.org or calling (800) 525-9255. Companies and individuals can get involved by creating a team and/or sponsoring the upcoming March for Babies.
The High Country March for Babies event will be a family fun day and will take place on Sunday, May 2, 2010, at Kidd Brewer Stadium ASU. Registration begins at 1:30 p.m., and the walk steps off at 2 p.m. The event will have a carnival-like atmosphere where kids can play games or jump in "jumpolines," while adults walk on the track. Rain date is May 3.

The High Country March for Babies Kickoff Luncheon will be held February 18, 2010, at 12 p.m. at the Watauga Medical Center auditorium. People are encouraged to come and learn more about March of Dies and the High Country event. To reserve a space at the breakfast, call the March of Dimes N.C. Foothills Division at (828) 464-8905.

"In order for the March of Dimes to continue to support all the efforts in the High County and North Carolina, the need for individuals and companies to participate in March for Babies is more important than ever," Franklin said. "Without the support from the High Country, the March of Dimes may have to cut back on research that saves babies' lives and may not be able to help all the families who depend on its highly respected programs like NICU Family Support that gives comfort and information for families with a baby in intensive care."

About March of Dimes
The March of Dimes is the leading nonprofit organization for pregnancy and baby health. With chapters nationwide and its premier event, March for Babies, the March of Dimes works to improve the health of babies. For the latest resources and information, visit marchofdimes.com or nacersano.org.

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