More than 200 people walked to help save a life in support of the March of Dimes annual event recently held on the Midland College campus.
MC’s Helen Greathouse Child Care Center participates every year and helps raise money.
Tanya Primera, director of the Greathouse Child Care Center, said the reason for the participation in the March of Dimes is that funds help premature babies.
“All of those premature babies become someone’s preschool child,” she said. “We feel we can help raise money for awareness to give a better start in help for the babies.”
This year’s goal for the Helen Greathouse Child Care Center was $3,500. Various activities contributed to the goal such blue jean week, raffle baskets, bake sales and donations. The Child Care Center accomplished its goal by bringing in more than $4,800.
Paige Prather and Danica Pena are fifth graders at Caver Center Elementary. They made their own tutus to match their identical outfits for the walk. “We’re proud toshowed our support,” they said.
March of Dimes has existed for more than 75 years starting with the research and fundraising for polio and over the years things have expanded to prematurity and other conditions, according to Tracy Renton, division director of the March of Dimes.
Renton said the mission of March Dimes is to improve the health of babies eithbirth effects, prematurity and different mortality limits. “We do this through educational programs in the community that help moms and babies be healthy and born healthy.” They receive grants where they participate with other organizations to help them educate the community and distribute information.
“We also are involved in advocacy efforts to make sure babies have new-born screening at birth so they can detect early on birth effects,” Renton said. “We make sure are health insurance programs are continuing to be funded so mothers can have insurance.”
Renton said that March of Dimes walks have been going on for 25 years, with more than 10 years of walks at MC. Over the years, the community has helped the local March of Dimes raise more than $250,000.