A Shelton woman and her son plan to join the March for Babies fund-raising walk in Danbury on Sunday, May 4.

“This is a way for me to do my part,” said Eileen Hardiman, whose 13-year-old son Jimmy Flechner Jr. is a special needs student in the sixth grade at Perry Hill School.

The March for Babies will take place at Ives Concert Park on the Western Connecticut State University campus.

It is one of many such walks held around the state and country to raise money for the March of Dimes, a nonprofit organization that focuses on preventing the problems caused by premature births.

Hardiman, who lives in White Hills, has been participating in the walk since 2008. She and her son will be joined by her boyfriend at the event.

After the annual march, they always visit a railroad museum in Danbury because Jimmy is a big fan of trains. “He loves to see the train,” Hardiman said.

'Will be there for the community'

Hardiman said she feels she is representing other families with special needs children by walking in the event.

“I’ve seen the impact of premature births on children, and the well-being of all children is important,” she said. “I will be there for the community.”

Jimmy also is a Special Olympian, and is preparing now for developmental aquatic competitions in May and June.

Hardiman is looking for people and businesses to support her effort. Find out more by clicking below: