March for Babies draws 800 in Richland

Tri-City HeraldMay 3, 2014 

A March for Babies in downtown Richland drew 800 people Saturday, according to a news release.

John Dam Plaza was filled with teams and families celebrating raising $150,000 for the March of Dimes.

The money will go toward research, awareness, education and local community grants to help make sure babies are born healthy, the release said.

“We’ve seen how important it is to help our babies,” said March of Dimes Washington Chapter Director Jean Allenbach. “It is so rewarding to be part of a community where people come together for such a great cause. This has been an incredible event, and I am so proud of what we have accomplished here together today.”

Premature birth impacts 500,000 babies annually, the release said. Babies born too early are more likely to die or have disabilities.

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