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2017-04-21 / Features

March of Dimes kicks off biggest fundraiser to help babies be born healthy

VIRGINIA – Hundreds of families and business leaders are joining together at the 2017 Range March for Babies, the March of Dimes annual fundraiser and the biggest local event to help more babies get a healthy start in life. The 3-mile walk will be held on Sunday, April 30, at Mesabi Range College in Virginia. Registration is a 1 p.m. The walk will start at 2 p.m.

Dawn Berg of U.S. Bank, serves in 2017 as the Range March for Babies chair. “As a mother myself, I am delighted to serve in this important role to raise urgently-needed funds for the March of Dimes mission to prevent birth defects and premature birth.”

Funds raised by March for Babies on the Range help support March of Dimes programs that provide comfort and support for moms and babies, as well as innovative research to find the unknown causes of premature birth and birth defects.

About 380,000 babies are born too soon in the United States each year—that’s one in 10. Premature birth (before 37 weeks of pregnancy) is the leading cause of death of babies in the U.S. Babies who survive an early birth often face serious and lifelong health problems, including breathing problems, jaundice, vision loss, cerebral palsy and intellectual delays.

To register for March for Babies, start a team with family, co-workers or friends, or to donate to help babies survive and thrive, visit www.marchforbabies.org/ event/therange.

The March of Dimes is the leading nonprofit organization for pregnancy and baby health. For more than 75 years, moms and babies have benefited from March of Dimes research, education, vaccines and breakthroughs.

For the latest resources and health information, visit marchofdimes.org and nacersano.org. If you have been affected by prematurity or birth defects, visit shareyourstory.org to find comfort and support. For detailed national, state and local perinatal statistics, visit persistats.org.

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