Nearly $30,000 reached so far.

Wonderful weather and a wonderful cause brought approximately 100 walkers to Shawnee Mall on Oct. 6 for the Pottawatomie March for Babies annual fundraiser in Shawnee.

The walk was held in honor and memory of Dr. Cynthia Alsup, OBGYN

from St. Anthony Physicians, Shawnee. Dr. Alsup was a longtime supporter of March for Babies. Her husband Jim Ball and son Ryan were at the walk and were presented a plaque from March of Dimes.

The walk has generated $29,787 in revenue to date with more money coming in! In addition, Bethel and Tecumseh schools will be conducting

their coin card campaigns this year. There will also be a spaghetti dinner on

Dec. 10 at City Hall in Tecumseh, Kim Rawls, March of Dimes committee chairman said.

Honorary Chairman Suzanne Gilbert welcomed the walkers. The ambassador family consisting of Tina Falcon and children Fayth, Alyson, Zoey, Christian and Benjamin were present. Peggy Rider led in prayer and Jimmy Criswell sang the National Anthem.

After the walk, the team awards were given along with numerous door prizes.

Top Corporate Team Division I was St. Anthony Physicians-Shawnee, raising more than $7,500.

Top Corporate Team Division II was Arvest Bank, raising $5,082.59.

Top Family Team was Casen’s Supporters.

Top corporate team walker was Kim Rawls and she raised $3,170.

The top three walkers were: Kim Rawls with Arvest Bank, raising $3,170; Michelle Sigman of First United Bank raising $3,075 and Peggy Rider with Bancfirst raising $1,502.

Local committee members are: Dana Johnson with Unit Liner, Peggy Rider of BancFirst, Kim Steen of St.Anthony Physicians Shawnee, Jennifer Podest and Mindy Palmer with Shawnee Mall and Rawls of Arvest Bank. The local committee thanks Suzanne Gilbert for the wonderful job she did while serving as honorary chairman.

There are 144 reasons why we support the March of Dimes. In an average week in Oklahoma, 144 babies are born prematurely. “While we were at the walk, 20 babies were born too small, too soon. We are working together so that one day all babies will be born healthy,” Rawls explained.