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 MARCH OF DIMES
 MARCH FOR BABIES




It is the oldest and one of the most popular walking events in the nation. Join your friends and neighbors; have fun; and support research and programs to help babies in your community and across the nation get a healthy start.


Walk in honor of your own baby, a relative's or a friend's. Every year, more than half a million babies are born too soon. Many die. More than 120,000 babies are born with serious birth defects that can mean a lifetime of disability. By taking part in WalkAmerica, you can help save babies and give hope to families.


WalkAmerica is held in 1,100 communities across the nation. Every year, 7 million compassionate people, including 20,000 company and family teams as well as our national sponsors, participate. The event has raised more than $1.7 billion since 1970 to bring the March of Dimes closer to the day when all babies are born healthy and full term.


$100 could help 10 families with babies in neonatal intensive care learn how to care for their baby when he/she comes home.
$760 could provide prenatal care classes for 15 pregnant women.
$3,800 could fund a program to help 180 pregnant women quit smoking.
$150,000 could provide a research grant to study malfunctioning genes responsible for many birth defects.
$482,700 could provide a multi-year grant to study variations in genes of mothers and babies that might trigger premature birth.
More on Where Your Money Goes.
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