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March for Babies

March for Babies

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BILLINGS - Hundreds walked or ran around ZooMontana for March for Babies.

March for Babies is the premier fundraiser for the March of Dimes, an organization that helps moms have healthy babies. For one family, it's a way for them to give back.

"It was a fantastic, the best Christmas gift we've ever received although the scariest," said Angie Kennedy.

She had her son, Porter, 11 weeks early on Christmas Day 2010. He spent 62 days in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.  According to the Centers for Disease Control, nearly a half million babies are born prematurely each year in the United States.

"While I was on hospital bed rest, the March of Dimes came in, explained to us, don't be scared," Kennedy said. "These are all things we could handle and deal with. They were there for the support and for teaching us the education on what we could do to try to minimize the stress."

"The family support group helps young families that have had premature babies cope with the stress of dealing with all the problems of prematurity and that's probably the most rewarding piece of being on the March of Dimes board," said Tom Boos, March of Dimes Montana board chairman.

Kennedy is competing to be the top family team in fundraising for this year's event raising more than $12,000. She says participating is a way to say thank you.

"The March of Dimes was there in a way, not necessarily monetarily for our family, but the support was invaluable and we just have to be there for them now and give back now that we have this healthy beautiful little boy."

March for Babies is happening across the state too. There are four other events in Bozeman, Great Falls, Helena, and Butte.