I have had the pleasure of working with the March of Dimes office in Omaha to help plan Kearney’s March for Babies Walk on Saturday, April 27 at Yanney Heritage Park starting at 9 a.m. I am thinking about doing my video commentary on this event/the organization. It’s an organization that I care about deeply and have supported through Phi Beta Lambda who is a national partner with March of Dimes.
March for Babies is the largest fundraiser for March of Dimes. It’s a family-friendly event where the community comes together to walk for healthy babies. Money raised through March for Babies supports lifesaving programs of research, community service, education and advocacy. The March of Dimes helps expecting mothers, healthy newborns and those who need help to survive.
Premature birth costs society more than $26 billion a year. Babies born even a few weeks early are at risk. Premature births can result in disabilities such as cerebral palsy, chronic lung disease, vision and hearing problems, neurological disabilities, and intellectual and learning problems. Premature birth is the number one killer of newborns. An average of 519 babies are born in an average week in Nebraska and 10.6% of them are preterm. Families with premature babies are counting on the support of their friends, family, and community.
Anyone can sign up to walk and fundraise at www.marchforbabies.org.