The March of Dimes marches for babies

NEW ULM-The bike trail was crowded Sunday. More than 200 individuals participated in the March of Dimes Walk for healthy babies. The March of Dimes is currently working to improve infant health through education, services for pregnant women and support for parents.

“We’re here today to honor the babies that were born too small and too soon,” said March of Dimes Community Director Natasha Chester. She said the organization’s long-term mission was the prevention of premature births.

The Ambassador family for 2014’s March was the Abel family. On March 30, 2012 the Abel family welcomed premature twins, one of whom was born weighed 3 pounds and 4 ounces The child survived thanks to research and funds gathered through the March of Dimes efforts.

This year’s walk started at the New Ulm Event Center and followed the bike trail to German Park. The March of Dimes shared the trail with volunteers supporting the CROP Walk, which coincidentally started an hour earlier.

Chester said that future March of Dimes of events would be scheduled around the CROP Walk to allow volunteers to participate in both events.

Although total calculations have not been determined, this single event is estimated to have raised $20,000. Chester said that combined with other statewide events the March of Dimes has raised more than $70,000 in support of infant health.

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