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March for Babies 2017

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March for Babies is a way to show that people are ready to help and support babies born prematurely March for Babies is a way to show that people are ready to help and support babies born prematurely

The square was alive with energy as people came together to march to raise money and awareness for premature babies at this year’s March for Babies.  It was a way to show that people are ready to help and support babies born prematurely, so that they get the care that they need.  Most of the people marching were those that have been affected by premature birth.  

"We have a bunch of great families out here celebrating their NICU [neonatal intensive care unit] graduates and honoring any of those children they may have lost," said Paige Reyes, the Development Specialist for March of Dimes of NW Ohio.  " There's just sort of a general feeling of hope for all of the research and programming the March of Dimes is doing to make sure that every baby has a fighting chance."

And for the St. Claire’s, who are the Local Ambassador Family for this year’s march, being able to meet and see families who have gone through the same thing that they have is up lifting.

"When we had our preemie, we didn't know about being a preemie family or what the journey would entail, and it's a stressful journey, so it's really nice to see other people around, because you never know what's going to come up," said Amy St. Claire.  "It's nice to have support of other people who are going through the same thing."

Attending the march isn’t just a one-year affair: families often come back to show their support.

"It's great to see our families come back year after year, getting to see the growth of all their NICU graduates," Reyes said.  "The Lima community is so supportive of this walk and so supportive of our Ambassador Family this year; they're really prominent in the community and they really show a lot of support for us this year?."

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