Ella's Angels to walk for the March of Dimes

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Reliance Nursing Homes have joined to participate in the 2010 March of Dimes Walk. The Manila Nursing Center team, Ella's Angels, will be holding several fundraisers until the annual March of Dimes walk scheduled for Saturday, April 24, at Craighead Forest Park in Jonesboro.

Andrea Stone, Mandy Carpenter, and Melinda Gryner are part of Manila Nursing Center's Ella's Angel team for the March of Dimes. They will be raising money in memory of Ella Carpenter. (Town Crier photo/Revis Blaylock)

Serving as captains for Ella's Angels are Shari Doty, MNC aadministrator, Melinda Gryner and Andrea Stone.

"This is our first year to participate in the March of Dimes Walk and we are excited," Gryner said. "We are making the event personal as we dedicate it to the memory of Ella Carpenter."

Ella is the daughter of Larry Joe and Mandy Dillon Carpenter. Mrs. Carpenter is a RN at Manila Nursing Center. Ella passed away in September 2008 at the age of six months. She had spent four months of her short life in the hospital fighting to survive.

"We had a lot of support from my co-workers," Mrs. Carpenter said. "They were there for us. I appreciate them raising money for the March of Dimes in an effort to help future babies at risk."

The March of Dimes helps mothers have full-term pregnancies and healthy babies. And if something goes wrong, they offer information and comfort to families. They provide research for the problems that threaten babies and work on preventions and solutions.

Ella's Angels have posters and buttons featuring Ella's big smile.

Fundraisers include a pancake breakfast scheduled for 8-10 a.m. Saturday, April 3, at the Manila Depot. Pancakes and photos with the Easter Bunny will all be offered for $10.

A road block on Manila main street will be held weekends starting March 27. Special tee shirts have been made and are available for $10.

"We welcome anyone who wants to join us," Gryner said. "We have a lot of volunteers who will be walking with us. Anyone who wants to walk is welcome. We also appreciate all donations. We will be placing boxes in businesses throughout town for anyone who would like to donate. It is a good cause."

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