March of Dimes hosts its annual March for Babies Walk

(Source: March for Babies Foundation)
(Source: March for Babies Foundation)

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - New Leader 9 is partnering with the March of Dimes "March for Babies" Walk that will take place Saturday, April 22 at Woodruff Riverfront Park.

The two-mile walk will begin at 9:30 a.m.

The event promises to be a fun day out with people who share the foundation's passion for improving the health of babies.

There will be family teams, company teams and people walking with friends.

Everywhere babies are struggling because they were born prematurely or with birth defects.

The March of Dimes works in communities across the country to help give every baby a fighting chance.

March for Babies, the March of Dimes signature fundraiser and the nation's favorite walking event, helps prevent birth defects, premature birth, and other leading causes of infant death and disability.

The march will take place in nearly 500 communities nationwide.

By taking part in March for Babies, you are funding programs that provide comfort and support to moms and babies across the country as well as cutting-edge March of Dimes research to find the unknown causes of premature birth and birth defects.

The event celebrates children and parents who experienced the Newborn Intensive Care Unit (NICU) or special care nursery.

It recognizes these families throughout the day with a Superhero Sprint for kids, complete with a purple cape, a symbolic lei for mom and dad and loads of fun in the kids' zone.

For the first time this year, participants will have the opportunity to walk through the Memory Mile and visit the unforgettable March for Babies Memory Garden.

Those who have experienced loss will find a community of support and a meaningful way to remember their baby by planting a flower in the butterfly garden.

Joining March for Babies also helps fund efforts to fight the spread of Zika virus.

The March of Dimes is a leader in providing programs and up-to-the-minute information for women, men and families to battle Zika.

To learn more, donate, or sign up to walk or join a team, click here.