Online registration is closed, so if you have friends and family who still want to come, they can purchase a ticket for a $20 donation at the "New Registrants" table at Gate A on South Main Street on Sunday.

Gather your family and friends for a fun day to celebrate the NICU (neonatal intensive care unit) and give back to others in the NICU journey. As always, 100% of the money raised for Walk for Babies is donated to Akron Children's Hospital NICU.

Walking/fundraising teams are typically current and previous NICU patient families, staff members and special guests. We encourage individuals, groups and businesses to sponsor these teams, too.

The morning event at Canal Park in downtown Akron, Ohio, includes a non-competitive, family friendly walk; activities, games, entertainment and snacks for kids of all ages, as well as several esteemed guests speaking about the NICU. This also includes an individual or family who shares their special NICU experience.

Our fundraising goal for 2019 is $165,000. Last year’s amazing total was $149,673.09 with 1,686 walkers (individuals and on 117 teams). We were also able to award 45 plaques for those who raised $1,500 or more for the NICView camera systems. There are 73 more cameras to sponsor, so we’ll keep our focus on that project again this year.

We are inspired by everyone’s dedication and hard work, and we especially love seeing so many familiar faces each year. If you have questions about registration and fundraising, please contact