March of Dimes signature chefs auction to benefit babies

Sunbury News Staff

Local Ambassador Family to Share Story

COLUMBUS, OHIO — Nick and Danielle Dalton met on New Year’s Eve 2007 and were married after dating for a little over 3 years. A few years later they found out Danielle was pregnant and were absolutely overwhelmed with joy. The pregnancy was fairly normal at first, but during their 6-month check-up, the Dalton’s received news that would change their lives forever.

“We were so excited for this appointment because we were going to hear the baby’s heartbeat together for the first time, said Danielle. “While my Doctor was measuring my stomach, she became very stoic. She told us that the baby was measuring a little small and advised us to pack a bag and head to the hospital for some additional testing.” After additional test, the decision was made to deliver the baby immediately. The baby was given a 6% chance of survival.

On May 15, 2014 Liam was born at 25 weeks 5 days gestation. He was a micro preemie weighing only 13 ounces and was 9.45 inches long. Liam spent 230 days in the NICU at Nationwide Children’s Hospital, fighting for survival. On New Year’s Eve 2014, he was strong enough for Mom & Dad to finally take him home. Throughout it all, Nick and Danielle found comfort & hope in the knowledge that many of the treatments Liam had was a result of the research funded by the March of Dimes.

On Monday, October 16th at St. Charles Preparatory School’s Walter Commons, the March of Dimes will host the 24th Annual Signature Chefs Auction to showcase the culinary talents of local chefs and restaurants. Guests will be able to sample their “signature” dishes and bid on a unique assortment of once-in-a-lifetime live and silent auction packages. Funds raised by Signature Chefs Auction help support prenatal wellness programs, research grants, newborn intensive care unit (NICU) family support programs and advocacy efforts for moms and babies.

Across the U.S and in Ohio, one in 10 babies are born prematurely every year. Babies who survive an early birth often have lifelong health problems such as cerebral palsy, vision and hearing loss, and intellectual disabilities. The March of Dimes is committed to funding research to find the answers to problems that continue to threaten the lives and health of babies.

About the March of Dimes

The March of Dimes works to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant loss. The March of Dimes is the leading nonprofit organization for pregnancy and baby health. For more than 75 years, moms and babies have benefited from March of Dimes research, education, vaccines and breakthroughs. For the latest resources and health information, visit and You can also find us on Facebook or follow us on Instagram and Twitter.

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