March For Babies raises money for premature infant research

1 in 10 babies is born prematurely in the United States.

Posted: May. 6, 2018 6:08 PM
Updated: May. 6, 2018 10:12 PM

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI)--  March For Dimes hosted a walk to raise money for services and research to help keep mothers and their babies healthy. 

For more than 25 years, the March For Babies walk in Lafayette has allowed families and local businesses to form teams and fundraise money.

The donated money will be used for programs, services, and research to help fight for the health of mothers and their babies.

Executive Director Jeff Johnson said this event hits close to home.

"It's very saddening being a father myself to two small babies," said Johnson. "I can certainly understand what it's like to experience complications."

Johnson said most people on the teams have been impacted by infant loss.

In the United States, 1 in 10 babies is born prematurely. Alli White knows this feeling first hand. She said this is a great way to bond with other mothers.

"I'm really lucky to be able to organize a team not only with Centier but for us and our family," White said. "Everyone has been so supportive and it's awesome to be surrounded by everyone too that has gone through the same thing."

March of Dimes offers polio vaccines and a heel-pricks for babies after they are born. With this, they hope to give newborns the chance they deserve.

"Babies that are born all across the state including here in Lafayette," Johnson said. "Getting this test that is invaluable to making sure baby is healthy."

March of Dimes also offers group-prenatal care for women. It's a chance for them to make sure they are educated throughout their pregnancy.

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