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March of Dimes’ “March For Babies Walk” Still Accepting Participants

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Here at News 13, we're fighting prematurity alongside the march of dimes for the annual march for babies walk.

The 3 mile walk raises money for education and awareness about prematurity, which affects 1 in 6 babies born in Bay County each year.

But before folks put on their walking shoes on Saturday, volunteers with the Florida Gulf Coast Chapter of the March of Dimes are working "bank day" in the 15th street office until 4 pm on Friday.

Teams can drop off their money and pick up lunch tickets, incentives and sign up for picture time.

They are also calling on any last minute participants to form teams.

According to director, Kim Scofield, they've seen teams raise over one thousand dollars in less than 24 hours.

"Over 4 million babies were born last year and every baby was touched by the March of Dimes through research and education, vaccines and breakthroughs. We're making a difference. It used to be one in eight babies were born premature. Now, it's one in nine. So, we're seeing a difference. 75 years and we've eradicated Polio. What great breakthrough are we going to have in this next 75 years," said Scofield.

You can register Friday online at http://www.marchforbabies.org/ or you can register Saturday at 8 am.

The walk begins at 9 am at McKenzie Park in downtown Panama City.