The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

April 24, 2013

March of Dimes teams to walk Saturday at ballpark

By Phyllis Zorn, Staff Writer
Enid News and Eagle

ENID, Okla. — March of Dimes teams have been raising money since late February, and on Saturday morning, they’ll walk the track for healthier babies at David Allen Memorial Ballpark.

Registration is at 9 a.m.

“We’re going to have entertainment before and during the walk,” said Stephanie Soucek, March of Dimes division director. “There will be inflatables, children’s face painting and children’s walks and games.

Soucek said 51 teams signed up for this year’s event.

Teams can have their photos taken with Hudson DePriest, 2013 ambassador for the March of Dimes campaign in north central Oklahoma.

Hudson was born Sept. 11, 2011, at 3 pounds, 3 ounces and 16.5 inches long. He stayed in neonatal intensive care at Integris Baptist Hospital in Oklahoma City for nearly two months before he was strong enough to be sent home.

His mother, Barbara Ann DePriest, describes many brain scans, X-rays and “countless scary breathing episodes” during Hudson’s time in NICU. He overcame his challenging start and shows no signs of the tenuous start to his young life.

Soucek said Saturday’s lineup will include contests for the best-decorated T-shirt, bicycle, wagon, stoller and dog.

The Silver Talon Honor Guard from Vance Air Force Base will do the presentation of colors.

“At 10 o’clock we’re walking, and at 11 o’clock is post-walk festivities and family picnic for participants,” Soucek said.

Last year’s March of Dimes campaign for Enid and nearby communities raised $99,370.