April 1, 2016
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LAKE BUTLER, Fla. – Inmates at the Florida Department of Corrections (FDC) Reception and Medical Center (RMC) today completed a marathon in support of March for Babies, a national charity walk supporting the March of Dimes organization. The 26.2 miles race began at 8:00 a.m. and concluded at 1:00 p.m. Every year in the United States, nearly half a million babies are born too soon, 29,000 of them right here in Florida. Through March for Babies events, March of Dimes works to improve the health of babies and support families in need. In recent weeks, inmates and staff at RMC have collected more than $1,400 in donations for March for Babies, with additional donations still being collected. All donations and proceeds will be provided to March for Babies to assist in their mission to support programs that help moms have healthy, full-term pregnancies and funding research to find causes and preventions. Athletes from the University of Florida and the University of North Florida also attended the event.
Secretary Julie Jones said, “With premature birth affecting about 450,000 infants in the United States, charity events like March for Babies play an increasingly important role in helping children get the strongest and healthiest start possible. I’m proud of our staff and inmates for supporting this incredible cause.”
Since 1970, March for Babies has raised more than $2 billion to benefit babies and expectant mothers.
For more information, or to make a welcome contribution, please visit: http://www.marchforbabies.org/Team/RMCInmateRecRun.
As Florida's largest state agency, the Department of Corrections employs 24,000 members statewide, incarcerates more than 98,000 inmates and supervises nearly 140,000 offenders in the community.