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The March for Babies is an easy way to support the mission

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Posted: Wednesday, April 24, 2013 4:00 am

In order to continue to provide services and educate the public on the importance of decreasing the number of premature births taking place each year, the March of Dimes hosts fundraisers aimed at getting those most affected to participate.

In Tucson the annual March for Babies event will be held on Saturday, April 27, starting at 8 a.m.

The walk’s mission is aimed at a single message, “When you walk, you give hope to the babies born too soon or sick.”

 The money participants raise supports programs in the local community that help moms have healthy, full-term pregnancies, and it funds research to find answers to the serious problems that threaten babies.

March of Dimes has hosted the annual race since 1970, and has been able to raise more than $2.6 billion.

With various races held in cities throughout the U.S., March for Babies has more than seven million participants per year.

Every year, nearly half a million babies are born too soon in the U.S.

Premature birth costs society more than $26 billion a year and takes a high toll on families. Babies born just a few weeks early are at risk of severe health problems and lifelong disabilities. Premature birth is the number 1 killer of newborns.

For more information on participating in Saturday’s race, visit the website at www.marchofdimes.com/arizona.

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