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NEWBERRY — March for Babies will take place on April 12 at Memorial Park in Newberry and are looking for family teams to join the fundraising event.

“These teams are made up of family members and friends who have had a personal experience with a baby born prematurely. Family teams are the heart and soul of the March for Babies and they demonstrate first hand why it is so important to raise awareness and funds to support vital research that will help prevent premature birth,” said Jacki Apel of the March of Dimes. “We hope many families will join us this year and together we will take steps for healthier babies in our community and across the state.”

March for Babies is the March of Dimes fundraising event that benefits all babies—those born healthy as well as those who need help to survive and thrive. In Newberry, March for Babies will take place on April 12 at 9 a.m. at Memorial Park, with the pre-walk program starting at 8:30 a.m. Funds raised by this March for Babies event also support research and grants awarded to programs that improve infant and maternal health in South Carolina.

Premature birth touches more than 8,000 babies in South Carolina each year. Babies born too soon are more likely to die or have disabilities. The March of Dimes is committed to reducing this toll by funding research to find the causes and preventions of premature birth and providing comfort and information to families with a baby in a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.

Families are encouraged to register and start their fundraising team online by visiting marchforbabies.org or by calling (803) 403-8523.

March for Babies is sponsored locally in Newberry by Kraft Foods, Newberry County Memorial Hospital, WKDK Radio, Newberry Magazine, Health Source Chiropractic and Progressive Wellness, and Brigman’s Septic Tank Service.

To find out how you can help raise funds to prevent premature birth and birth defects by walking in March for Babies, visit marchforbabies.org. For the latest resources and information, visit marchofdimes.com/southcarolina. Visit March for Babies on Facebook and Twitter.

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