People in our area will soon be joining others across the nation in a walk to raise awareness for premature births.
March of Dimes will host their annual March for Babies walk on Saturday.
“It’s such a scary experience because, you know, you go through this pregnancy and most often you don’t know that you’re going to have a premie,” said Senior Development Manager, Carla O’Neal.
One woman experienced this when she had her son.
“I didn’t have any complications until those six weeks before I was supposed to give birth,” said Nancy Zamora.
Born six weeks early, Nany’s son Erik is hoping to show others that being born prematurely does not define who you are.
“It’s going to be a tough struggle but with the help of your families your friends, just getting out there, you can’t let it be a setback,” said Erik.
O’Neal said she knows what the families are going through all too well.
“I actually was personally touched by prematurity. My son was born six weeks early and spent about that much time in the NICU, and so we were personally touched by March of Dimes and the research, the life-saving research that they do,” said O’Neal.
The focus of the event is to help educate people and in doing so finding ways to prevent early births all together.
O’Neal said the ultimate goal is to hopefully see every child grow to their full potential, starting from birth.
“Maybe not every dime stays here locally, but all those dimes put together throughout the United States come together and hopefully we find a cure,” said O’Neal.
They will also have a superhero sprint where kids will wear a purple cape while running. That event is free of charge.
The walk is tomorrow at Town Square Village. Registration is at 8:30 a.m. and the event starts at 9:30 a.m. There will be parking at Hillside Church and lunch will be provided after the walk.
For more information on the walk, click here.