March for Babies held in Jonesboro

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - The NEA March of Dimes held their annual March for Babies event on Saturday.

The group reached their goal of raising $125,000 during the event.

According to the group's Development Manager Lauren Bassie, one in every nine babies in Northeast Arkansas are born too sick or too soon.

"Over 500 families and company teams came out to celebrate babies who have graduated from the local NICU, giving hope to future families, and then remember those angels that we've lost," said Bassie.

Bassie said the majority of the money raised will go towards the organization's mission of finding out what causes these babies to be born sick or early.

"My dad was actually born premature," she said.  "So, it definitely has a personal impact, I have other friends and family who are having babies and we need to make sure that we can guarantee that we have healthy babies going forward."

If you would like to get involved with March of Dimes or donate you can check out their website.

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