Commonwealth Is Stepping Up To Save Babies

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Infant Safety

More than half a million babies are born too soon every year. More than 120,000 babies are born with serious birth defects that can mean a lifetime disability.

That's why the March of Dimes is leading the national fight to save babies from premature birth - the leading killer of newborns - and from other serious threats to infant health.

WalkAmerica, the walk that saves babies(sm), is the organization's largest fundraiser. Since its beginnings in 1970, it has been the country's first and best-loved walking event. In Massachusetts, WalkAmerica is taking place in the following communities:

SATURDAY, APRIL 21, 2007 - Pioneer Valley Forest Park, Sumner Ave. Springfield Entrance

SUNDAY, APRIL 22, 2007 - Worcester Downtown Worcester, City Hall

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SATURDAY, APRIL 28, 2007 - New Bedford Fort Taber Park

SUNDAY, APRIL 29, 2007 - Boston The Hatch Shell, Charles River Esplanade - Cape Cod Canal Buzzards Bay Park

SATURDAY, MAY 5, 2007 - Taunton Boys & Girls Club, 62 Independence Dr.

SUNDAY, MAY 6, 2007 - Merrimack Valley CGI, 600 Federal St. Andover - Milford Italian American World War Vets Club -- 4 Hayward Way

"The babies in Massachusetts need your help," said Ed Doherty, State Director, MA Chapter of the March of Dimes. "By being a part of WalkAmerica, you can help save babies and give hope to families. You can help give all babies the gift of a healthy start," he added.

With support from WalkAmerica, March of Dimes conducts top-level research into causes and preventions of premature birth and birth defects. The March of Dimes also brings information and emotional support to families who have had a premature or sick baby who is being treated in a neonatal intensive care unit (NICU).

In 2007, National WalkAmerica Sponsors are CIGNA, Continental Airlines, Famous Footwear, Farmers, FedEx and Kmart, the March of Dimes number one corporate partner who has raised more than $55.5 million to save babies.

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