By Christine Collins
(March 27, 2017 — Annapolis, Md.) Choptank Transport is in the business of moving things, so it’s only logical that they get moving for others.
The Preston, Maryland, company is gearing up for the March of Dimes Midshore March for Babies 5K Run/Walk on May 7.
Choptank decided in 2015 to make the organization, dedicated to caring for premature babies and their families, one of its core charities. It’s a commitment that’s personal for Senior Logistics Coordinator Gwen Roth, whose son, Aaron, was a “micro-preemie,” weighing only 2 lb. 4 oz.
“The first time I held him, I pulled him through the isolette hole,” she remembered. “He was that tiny.”
For Roth and her husband, Aaron’s early arrival and first three years of life were overwhelming and frightening. March of Dimes is how they got through.
“I don’t know what I would have done without their help,” Roth said. “They gave me people to contact to help me get some formulas because he couldn’t eat anything, told me where to buy clothing that would fit him because he was so tiny. Even at the hospital, they had contacts. They helped me even when I’d go back up for his regular visits until he was 2 or 3 years old.”
Choptank has a committee that decides where it will focus its philanthropic efforts. It’s involved in about a dozen charitable events and activities.
“Our company, from the top leadership down, has always believed that we have a corporate responsibility to give back to our own communities,” said Key Account Manager Roxanne Kleppinger, who is the team captain for the March of Dimes event.
On March 24, Choptank will launch its fundraising effort for the May 7 walk. The team’s goal is to raise $5,000 through its in-house efforts like raffles and bake sales, as well as its fundraising page.
“Helping others and making a difference in other people’s lives, and the world in general, is what life is all about,” Kleppinger said.
A strong start to the fundraiser would be a nice birthday present for Roth’s once tiny son, Aaron. He turns 23 on March 30.
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