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Thousands expected to march for babies Saturday at Lewis and Clark Landing

Posted at 4:00 PM, Apr 26, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-26 17:00:18-04

OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) — There's a way you can help babies this weekend using your feet and your heart.

Thousands of walkers will invade the Riverfront Saturday morning at 10:00 for the March for Babies. The three-mile walk raises money for March of Dimes programs aimed at helping keep babies healthy.

The Myers Family is this year’s March for Babies Ambassador Family. Their children, Logan (7) and MacKenzie (4), were both born prematurely, as was Mom Kathryn.

Luckily both kids were born healthy. But the Myers know how hard a NICU stay can be on a family and hope to encourage more people to talk about their challenges so they can get the support they need.

“The NICU journey is a roller coaster, minute to minute, hour to hour, it’s tough,” Kathryn Myers said. “But even though Mackenzie was born healthy she had so many ups and downs.”

March of Dimes reports about half a million babies are more premature or with birth defects in the United States each year.

Jason Myers, Dad, wants to help raise awareness about how common babies are born premature.

If you can't make it, you can still help by donating to the March of Dimes. Money raised will help March of Dimes advocate for policies to protect babies, support improvements to health care they receive and empower families with programs, knowledge and tools.