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9th Annual Walk for Babies

Oct. 4, 2015 | Canal Park, Akron | Walk & Family Fun Zone

Everything you need to know about Sunday!

Getting excited? So are we! We want you to have a great time, so here are LOTS of details about the 2015 Walk for Babies on Sunday, Oct. 4 at Canal Park!

Packet Pickup
Avoid the lines on Sunday and drop off your donations and get your packets early!

-- 5-8 p.m. on Thursday and Friday
-- Considine Professional Building, classroom 1
-- You have the option to pick up some or all of your team's shirts and tickets.
-- If you missed the deadline to order event shirts, or just decided that you want more, we have a limited supply of 2015 event shirts (gray) in adult and child sizes that will be available first-come, first-served for $10 beginning at packet pickup.

Can't make it early? No sweat -- just come Sunday!

The gates will open for registration at 9 a.m. Our fun, non-competitive walk will begin at 10 a.m. And there will be activities, games, entertainment and snacks for kids of all ages from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Registration will be open online through noon on Friday. Tickets are also available at the door for a $20 donation at the "New Registrants" table on Sunday at either entrance. As always, 100% of the money that your team raises will be donated to the NICU!

▪ Free parking is available throughout downtown and in the hospital deck on Bowery Street.

▪ 9 a.m. gates open. Entrances at Gates A (on S. Main St.) and C (by hospital on Diamond Boardwalk). Gate B near State St. will be closed.

▪ If you still need to pick up your packet or turn in a donation you can do so at these gates.

Team Photos: beginning at 9 a.m.

As in the past, NICU grad mother Allison Waltz of EagleEye Photography will take a professional photo of every team, first-come first-served. Located near sections 3-4, by 1st base.

Buy Raffle Tickets!

Don't forget to bring cash for the basket raffle located behind home plate. More than 40 baskets and gift certificates with themed items for moms, dads and kids.

$5 for 6 tickets

$20 for 25 tickets AND get a "Golden" ticket to win a bracelet valued at $900 from Sterling Jewelers!

Fun, non-competitive Walk

▪ begins at 10 a.m.

▪ 1-mile, non-competitive walk led by our feature family -- The Congers (shown at right)

▪ leaves Canal Park from the Diamond Boardwalk (south side of park), goes to Lock 3, proceeds on the towpath and then back to Canal Park. See course map here.

▪ NICU nurses and W4B founders will be lined up at the start of the walk to say hello to all.

Kids' Fun Zones

▪ 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. with activities, games and entertainment, including: inflatable slide and game; Akron Children's mobile ICU, Doggie Brigade, Kohl's Youth Fitness (parachute, jump rope, hoola hoop); Face painting; Balloon animals; Costume characters and much more!

▪ 9-10 a.m.: Race the Bases
Join us on the field to run the bases just like the baseball players, but please stay off the grass for your safety as it has been treated with chemicals. Access the field via the steps along the 3rd base line. An elevator is nearby for handicap/ wheelchair accessibility too.

Presentation, awards and raffle: 11 a.m.

Draw your attention to home plate to hear some great stories, find out which teams won the 2015 awards and hear the results of the raffle.

Speakers include:

•Walk for Babies founders Sam and Shelby Snellenberger and their kids Amelia and Sammy
•William Considine, president and CEO of Akron Children's Hospital
•Dr. John Ahmann, Akron Children's Hospital neonatologist
•And our feature family: NICU graduate and 3-year-old Simon Conger and his parents Molly and Clint (read their story here!)

Fun Awards With Trophies dressed team
...most money raised for Walk for Babies
...most recent NICU graduate (any NICU) team name
...youngest walker
...oldest NICU graduate (any NICU)
...largest team
...farthest distance traveled to get to the Walk
...oldest walker
...most NICU grads
..."Pimp Your Ride" -- stroller/wagon/wheelchair decorating contest. Come ready to compete. (new this year!)


Complimentary food will be served at "Taters" concession window located behind home plate beginning about noon when the presentation concludes.

Menu includes:
-Uncrustables donated by Smuckers
-Fruit donated by Wadsworth Buehler’s
-Water donated by Tallmadge Giant Eagle
-Granola bars donated by Stow, Streetsboro, and Cuyahoga Falls Giant Eagle

All of our volunteers will be wearing black T-shirts, so feel free to let them know if you need help with anything.

Striving for $1 million!
As always, 100% of the money that your team raises will be donated to the NICU. Every dollar counts. Can you image how much $1 million will help? That's our goal!

So far, with your help, we have raised $600,000. Walk for Babies strives to help make the journey for NICU families a little smoother with love and support. For 2015, our goal is $102,000, and we are currently at $60,000.

And, last but not least -- THANKS to our Sponsors

Davey Tree, ABC MotorCredit, GDS Express, Pediatrix, PerkinElmer, Plumbers and Pipefitters Local 219, Auto Master Systems

Smuckers, Giant Eagle, Buehlers

If you have any questions, or comments, or if you would like to volunteer in the future, please email us at email

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