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Fundraising Efforts Begin For March Of Dimes

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 YAKIMA, WA.- Dozens of people gathered at the Yakima Arboretum Tuesday to kick off this year's fundraising efforts for the March of Dimes.

In Washington alone, more than 8,500 babies are born premature each year and develop disabilities because of early delivery.

The March for Babies is the March of Dimes' largest fundraiser to help families with premies.

Last year, more than 9,000 people participated in walks across the state and collected around 1.5 million dollars.

One mother at today's kickoff event says support from the March of Dimes helped save her baby.

“Our daughter was born prematurely 26 weeks and was in the NICU for 81 days and all the care she received here was part of the March of Dimes research and advancing the care for premature babies, so that saved her life,” Theresa Farmer told KNDO.

This year's March for Babies will be held on May 16th at Franklin Park in Yakima and in the Tri-Cities on April 25th at John Dam Plaza in Richland.