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.
The money we raise will support March of Dimes research and programs that help moms have healthy, full-term pregnancies right here in Northern Minnesota. It funds research to find answers to the serious problems that threaten our babies, like premature birth. Affecting more than half a million babies in our country each year, premature birth is the #1 cause of newborn death and the rate of premature birth continues to rise.
Registration for March for Babies at the Bemidji State University Rec Center is at 9:00 am. The walk starts at 10:00 am. See you there!
The Nash family of Tenstrike walks in the March for Babies in honor of their daughter. Kaitlyn Ann Nash was born at nine weeks premature weighing two pounds, nine ounces in October of 2006.
Kaitlyn spent over a month in the newborn intensive care unit (NICU). The March of Dimes spearheaded the development of America's regional system of NICUs.
A fighter from the beginning, she only required oxygen and time to grow. Kaitlyn arrived home December 1st of that year with her parents, but sadly passed away on Christmas Eve of SIDS. Premature birth and low birthweight is a risk factor for SIDS.
March of Dimes helps moms have full-term pregnancies and healthy babies. If something goes wrong, March of Dimes offers information and comfort to families. We research the problems that threaten our babies and work on preventing them.
Parents Jared Nash and Nicole Breton support the March of Dimes to bring hope to other families, “to spread the word to other families going through this and to let our community know what the March of Dimes is all about and how they can help,” shared Jared.