Huggins Leads 'Dimes' Effort in Prince George's County

3/15/2013, 10:59 a.m.

A local business leader is working with the March of Dimes to prevent pre-term birth and give more babies a healthy start in life.

John L. Huggins Jr., president of Broadband Connect, has assumed the role of March for Babies chairperson. Huggins, who is also a proud father, said he is committed to ensuring the good health of moms and their babies.

"My work with the March of Dimes is a real honor - especially during the foundation's milestone anniversary year," said Huggins. "March for Babies gives everyone in our community the chance to work together for stronger, healthier babies and make a difference in the lives of millions of babies . . . I can't think of a more important cause than healthy babies. As a business leader, I know that preventing pre-term birth can help our bottom line by lowering health care costs."

March for Babies, the largest annual fundraising event for the March of Dimes, celebrates its 75th anniversary this year.

As March for Babies chairperson, Huggins will play an integral role raising awareness and funds to advance the scientific research and educational programs at the core of the March of Dimes efforts to prevent pre-term birth and birth defects.

This year's walkathon will be held on Saturday, April 27 at Watkins Regional Park in Upper Marlboro.

Last year, the Prince George's County March for Babies raised $135,000, with more than 500 people attending the event. Huggins' goal is to exceed the 2012 contributions by recruiting new sponsors and teams..

"I couldn't be happier having John Huggins serve as Chair," said Lauren Stover, community director for the suburban Maryland region March of Dimes chapter. "I am sure that Huggins will bring the same drive, dedication and passion that made him a well-respected member of the community to his efforts on behalf of March for Babies. I know his contribution will go a long way to making this year's event an unqualified success."

Prince George's County residents can visit www.marchforbabies.org to register for a nearby walk and start a team with co-workers, family and friends.