Aiken marches for the health of babies | News

Walkers joined together on April 29 at the March for Babies to raise more than $45,000 to help the March of Dimes continue working to give every baby a fighting chance.

The H. Odell Weeks Activities Center was filled with strollers, families and teams who gathered together to celebrate babies. Money raised from the event funds research, awareness, education and local community grants.

“More than 4 million babies are born in the United State each year, and the March of Dimes has helped each and every one through research, education, vaccines and breakthroughs,” said Pam Tabor. “What a wonderful opportunity to celebrate and honor the successes of the March of Dimes than to bring together families and businesses to raise money to improve babies’ lives.”

Special guests at the event included the Granade family – the 2017 Aiken Ambassadors. Liam Granade was born 8 weeks early weighing only 4 pounds. His lungs were underdeveloped and he was rushed to Children’s Hospital of Georgia where he spent six weeks in the NICU. Liam was given the surfactant (a therapy the March of Dimes helped develop).

Premature birth affects more than 380,000 babies in our country each year. Babies born too soon are more likely to die or have disabilities. The March of Dimes is committed to reducing this toll by funding research to find the answers to premature birth and providing comfort and information to families who are affected.

“It was a memorable and rewarding day for all of us,” said Jenifer Granade, who along with family members enjoyed the 3-mile walk and post-walk activities. “When E was born premature, we decided to do everything we could to make sure that other families don’t go through what we did, and we were honored to be able to support the March of Dimes today.”

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