MORRIS COUNTY — Business and community leader Paul Ho-Sing-Loy, Chief Information Officer for Lakeland Bank, has been named Chair of the 2020 Meadowlands March for Babies.
Paul knows how important it is to fight for the health of all moms and babies. “As a father and grandfather, I can’t think of a more important cause,” he says. “When you March for Babies, you make a statement that you want to live in a world in which healthy moms and strong babies are a priority for us all.”
Recently, in recognition of Prematurity Awareness Month this November, Paul participated in a tour of the Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) in Hackensack. He was joined by Greater NY/NJ Board of Trustees member, Eli Manning, members of his Executive Leadership Team, Josh and Brett Lurie of Wilmington Paper Corporation and other community leaders. Paul states, “There is no better way to fully understand the impact of premature birth then to see it first hand and meet the families affected.”
“When you participate in a March for Babies, you’re helping to tackle the biggest health threats facing moms and babies, such as those these families have experienced,” says JoAnn Bartoli, Associate Executive Director for March of Dimes. “We’re thrilled to have Paul serve as our local March for Babies chair. He shares our commitment to moms through every stage of the pregnancy journey, even when everything doesn’t go according to plan. Moms and babies are facing higher risks than ever before. March for Babies is a day for everyone to help change that by coming together and participating nationwide.”
March of Dimes gives 4 million babies born each year the best possible start. Nearly half a million of them are born prematurely or with birth defects. Premature birth and its complications are the largest contributors to infant death in the U.S. and pregnancy-related death has more than doubled over the past 25 years.
Paul Ho-Sing-Loy is asking local businesses and community leaders to join him in support of March for Babies. “Near 200 babies are born prematurely each week in New Jersey and that is not acceptable,” He says. “March of Dimes empowers families with programs, knowledge and tools.”
Last year Meadowlands March for Babies raised more than $460,000 in North Jersey and Paul Ho-Sing-Loy wants to surpass that in 2020. He has made the commitment to surpass the event goal of $500,000. Every March for Babies participant can make a huge difference for families. Anyone interested in joining a walk near them or the virtual walk can register by clicking here.