YAKIMA, Wash. -- Nearly 650 people walked in this year's March for Babies. Each year the March of Dimes hosts the walk to raise money to help fight premature birth and infant mortality.
Right now, one in eight babies in Central Washington dies of premature birth and they say that number is on the rise.
"Premature birth is increasing in our communities and more people are being affected by our mission, so more people want to help us out in raising money in preventing premature birth from happening in their own families," said Nikki Ostergaard, Director of Communications."
"My son Evan was born at 32 weeks premature and he has Charge Syndromw and so the March of Dimes really offered our family a lot of support initially early on so we just want to be able to give back," said march participant Sarah Storrs.