HOUSTON- Thousands were marching for babies at the University of Houston's Main Campus this morning. Approximately 40,000 were expected to "walk the walk" in the March of Dimes 45th Annual Houston March for Babies. This event is the group's largest fundraiser.
If you're not familiar with the March of Dimes, here's the 4-1-1 from Darcie Wells, Executive Director of the Houston March of Dimes, “The March of Dimes is dedicated to giving every baby a fighting chance, and all these people out here today are helping us do just that. Pre-maturity is the number one killer of babies. Many people don’t realize that 1 in 10 babies are born premature in the United States so it is a crisis.”
Branson Brade and his friends from Bethel Advent Church were eager to walk the 4- miles and told us why, "This walk is very important. It’s one thing to just talk about it. It’s another thing to raise money and come out and support a good cause.”
Kaycee Pride tells us why the walk was important for her, “We had twin babies and we lost our little boy at 26 weeks. So we do this every year- I’m going to cry- just to keep his memory alive.” His light was burning bright as the green-shirted Team Gunner members seemed to be everywhere.
The Levy Family was walking too. Mom, Daveeta explains, “This is important to us because Darren was born at 28 weeks, so 3 month premature, but he made it he’s a survivor, and we’re happy to be a testimony and spread the word.”
“I’m out here today to be a part of somebody’s life, to make a difference, not just because we care but because it matters" says Marsha Walker. Based on the ginormous turnout, many Houstonians felt the same way, and that's good because MOD needs research money. “March of Dimes is known to conquer great challenges like we did polio, and we’re going to conquer this challenge too. We just need the funds to help this research get across the finish line" says Wells.
If you want to donate or just want more info, go to http://www.marchofdimes.org