What are you doing on Mother’s Day? Celebrities like Nicole Ari Parker and Boris Kodjoe, Shon Gables and more than 6,500 regular moms, dads and kids will be walking/running/strolling in Central Park to raise money for R Baby Foundation, a non-profit organization committed to increasing the standard level of pediatric emergency care.
R Baby was founded by Andrew and Phyllis Rabinowitz after losing their 9-day-old daughter Rebecca Ava to an undiagnosed, untreated viral infection that was missed in the ER. Hopefully most parents will never have to bring their children to the ER but accidents, illnesses and swine flu happen and R Baby wants to make sure that all emergency rooms are equipped to handle infants and children.
You can participate in several ways. If you can make it to Central Park in New York City on Mother’s Day, you can join the walk in person and run the 4-mile race (which serves as a marathon qualifier), do the 1.3-mile health walk (strollers are welcome), have your 2-12 year old kids participate in the kids’ fun run or even join the cheering section. Even if you can’t be there in person, you can be there in spirit by joining the walk virtually and of course, you can always make a donation.
Beyond the Run/Walk, the morning will be be chock-full of family activities including a Niketown sports tent with sports and games for the family; the Babies R Us Moving and Grooving Toddler Play Area and Family Lounge with nursing, changing, feeding and a Family Chill Zone; a Mother’s Day crafts area featuring do-it-yourself gifts and keepsakes; and a CBS-FM and K-Rock Music Stage with on-air personalities and entertainment for children from the Rock and Roll Raggs Band and other performers. There will also be fruit, snacks and other goodies available, including cupcakes from the super delicious Crumbs Bakery. The day will also feature special treats for moms, including giveaways and raffle prizes for the whole family. In addition, New York City’s SoulCycle, a premier indoor cycling studio, will lead a warm-up session before the Run/Walk.
I’ll be walking with my daughter Anya, husband Josh, my mom Marcia and stepfather Harry! I hope you’ll join us in spirit or in person! Click here to join the unofficial Celebrity Baby Blog team!