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Thousands "March for Babies" to support March of Dimes

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One in every eight babies in the US is born prematurely--before 37 weeks of pregnancy.

Since1958, the March of Dimes has been focused on preventing birth defects, including the prevention of premature births.  This weekend, many eastern Iowans raised money for the organization to help with those efforts

Tiffany Norris, her family and friends are walking with purpose.  They're participating in the "March for Babies" to help raise money for the March of Dimes.  Norris knows first hand why this organization is important, since her two-year-old son Kaden was born 12 weeks early.

"The first thing that went through my mind was, 'No.  No.  It's too short of time.  It's too quick.  He's too small.  He won't live,'" said Norris.

But Kaden did survive.  Now his parents are ambassadors for the March of Dimes.  They wanted to help the organization that supplied them with crucial information and support to help them through a difficult situation.

"The medical support just reassured us that he was going to be okay, because it was a very scary time," Norris said.

So this family is doing everything they can to make sure the organization can continue that support system at local hospitals, while conducting important research aimed at learning how to prevent premature births.

"Not only my son being early, but I've had multiple family members, friends, since Kaden's been born that have been born too early, too soon.  Some have made it.  Some have gone home.  Some have not.  So that was my big push to make sure that doesn't happen anymore," Norris said.

The Norris' team, "Kaden's Groupies", raised more than $6,000 for the March of Dimes this year.

Nearly 2,000 others participating in Sunday's "March for Babies" in Cedar Rapids pledged a total of $220,000 to the organization.

"About 11 percent of the babies in Iowa are born premature, and that's 11 percent too many.  And the only way to fund future dollars for research is to have events like this," said Dennis Spencer with the March of Dimes.

"Kaden's Groupies" are just glad to be doing their part to help fund work that might just help more moms deliver strong, healthy babies.

Statewide, "March for Babies" events raise nearly two-thirds of the annual budget for the March of Dimes.

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