800 march in Fairfield for healthier babies

More than 800 residents came out to support Connecticut’s tiniest citizens, babies, May 4 at Jennings Beach and to-date have raised $125,000 at March for Babies, the March of Dimes walk fundraiser. Nine March for Babies events in Connecticut were held on April 27 and May 3 and 4, aiming to raise $1.2 million.

Funds raised by March for Babies, locally presented by Yale-New Haven Children’s Hospital, help support prenatal wellness programs, research grants, neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) family support programs and advocacy efforts for stronger, healthier babies.

The most urgent infant health problem in the U.S. today is premature birth. It affects nearly half a million babies each year, and nearly 4,000 babies in Connecticut. Babies born too soon are more likely to die or have disabilities. The March of Dimes is committed to reducing this toll by funding research to find the answers to premature birth and providing comfort and information to families who are affected.

March of Dimes Ambassadors Grayson and Holden Lalumiere and their family led the way. Grayson, 6, was born eight weeks too soon and spent 23 days in neonatal intensive care before coming home. Holden, 3, was born 16 weeks early and weighed less than two pounds. He spent 123 days in two NICUs before joining his family at home.

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