March of Dimes kicks off March for Babies fundraising campaign

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Matt and Wendy Sims shared Luke’s story at the March of Dimes kickoff held Thursday at the Braselton-Stover House.

The Barrow-Jackson March of Dimes (MOD) has officially begun its fundraising season with Thursday’s kickoff.

The 2013 Barrow-Jackson MOD March for Babies will be held Friday, April 26, at Fort Yargo State Park in Winder, and teams are starting to raise money in support of MOD.

Around 50 people showed up to support the March of Dimes and its goal to end premature births, and hear the story this year’s local ambassador family — the Sims.

Luke Sims, the son of Matt and Wendy Sims, was born Oct. 23, 2011 — 10 weeks premature. He weighed only 1 pound and 15 ounces when he was born more than two months early and was hospitalized for his first 48 days.

See the Feb. 7 print edition of The Paper for the full story.