On Saturday, April 14 our community will be walking in March for Babies to give hope to the families of babies born too soon or sick -- more than 7,200 each year in Minnesota alone.
Registration for March for Babies at Lake Park Lodge is at 8:00 am. The walk starts at 9:00 am.
A.J. and Rachel Kanz walk in the Winona March for Babies in honor of their one-year-old daughter Gwen and in memory of their twin sons, Garrett and Gavin, born too soon and too small.
Rachel went into preterm labor 24 weeks into her pregnancy. Garrett weighed 1 pound six ounces and lived 16 days. Gavin weighed one pound, seven ounces and lived 9 days.
“It is the hardest thing we will ever go through in our lives,” shared Rachel. “They were only here for such a short while, but they changed our lives forever.”
Each year, more than half a million babies are born premature. Preterm birth can happen to any pregnant woman. In about half of all cases, the causes are unknown. The March of Dimes has taken on this devastating problem — to find out what causes it and how it can be stopped.
“March of Dimes helps us to memorialize our sons’ births and helps us celebrate the lives they did have,” said Rachel. “I think when people participate in March of Dimes March for Babies, they realize how special the experience can be for themselves as well as others and that people can connect through a struggle or a loss."