Tallahassee, Florida, June 23, 2011 6:08pm --
The annual March of Dimes "Men in Labor" event launched Thursday at noon.
14 Tallahassee men received their positive pregnancy test, and they will start their 11-week pregnancy experience.
The 11-week "pregnancy" is a fund raising campaign. The Men in Labor will be raising money for the March of Dimes for research and education efforts in the Big Bend.
The men donned their new bellies and had their first prenatal visit to learn all about their cause.
DJ DAP is now a pro at being pregnant. He has been one of the "Men in Labor" for 3 years now. He said, "As men, we should be able to help in our community. As there are so many women that have premature births, so many babies are born prematurely."
Each man is raising 1,000 dollars, and as a whole they hope to raise more than $15,000.
(Tallahassee, FL, June 22, 2011) -
The annual March of Dimes MEN IN LABOR event launches with positive pregnancy test results for 14 local men. On Thursday, June 23rd, the selected men will have their Prenatal Care visit (or Orientation) at 12 NOON that will include lunch and information about what is expected during their 11-week “pregnancy”. The orientation will also include a tour of the new labor and delivery unit at Capital Regional Medical Center.
Each man has agreed to help create awareness about the important role of the father in aiding in the successful delivery and healthy baby. During the 11 week fundraising campaign, the “men in labor” will also raise much needed funds for March of Dimes research and education efforts in the Big Bend area.
The community is invited to support their favorite “pregnant father” at the MEN IN LABOR Baby Shower on Sunday, July 17th at the Baby Depot in Burlington at Tallahassee Mall. The event will take place from 3 pm – 5 pm and will include a Diaper Derby Contest. The men will be introduced to the community wearing their “empathy bellies” and prepared to collect donations in order to reach their individual fundraising goal of $1,000.
This year’s “Celebrity Man in Labor” is Lee Gordon, news anchor with WCTV. Among the participants are Jerome Hoffman, Gar Schafer, Tony Miller, Scott Walker, Chris O’Connell, Carl Anthony, DJ Champ, Doc D, Mike Fahmie, Steve Christian, DJ Dap and Jay Green.
If there are any courageous men in the community who would like to participate in supporting the March of Dimes as a “man” in labor, then the organization is looking for a few more men.
MEN IN LABOR targets men of all ages, professions, and backgrounds, who care about the health of babies and the future of our children and want to stress the importance of the role of the father throughout a pregnancy.