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March for Babies to raise funds for newborns in need

Thousands of families and local business leaders will join forces Sunday at Canalside for the March for Babies, the nation’s oldest fundraising walk, which helps the March of Dimes support newborns, including the most vulnerable, across Western New York.

Those interested can sign up at marchforbabies.org.

to start a team with co-workers, family or friends; or make a donation to help more babies get a healthy start in life.

On-site registration for the Buffalo event will start at 8:30 a.m., with the 1.88-mile walk kicking off at 11 a.m. “We’ll recognize 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,” said Fred Saia from Oneida Concrete serves in 2017 as the Buffalo March for Babies chair for the second year.

Blue Cross Blue Shield will feature its Healthy Zone Cruiser and Nicholas Picholas will be the DJ for the march. A family picnic will follow.

For the first time, participants this year will be able to walk through a Memory Mile and visit a March for Babies Memory Garden.

“Those who have experienced loss will find a meaningful way to remember their baby by planting a flower in our butterfly garden,” said Thomas Kane, executive director of market development with the Western New York March of Dimes affiliate.

Premature birth is the leading cause of death among babies in the U.S. It affects about 380,000 babies – that’s 1 in 10 – born each year. In New York State, more than 237,200 babies are born every year, and the work of the March of Dimes touches each one of them, whether they are born healthy, prematurely, with a birth defect or other health complications.

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