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March of Dimes Marches for Babies

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People may not give much thought to the chance their baby could be born premature, but one family understands firsthand how serious -- and traumatic -- it can be.  When their daughter was born early, her life was measured in mere minutes.

"We had Kassy four months early.  She was born at 24 weeks; pound and a half.  So she spent 110 days . . . 110 days in an incubator.  The March of Dimes raises money for research and equipment, and then education for healthier pregnancies, and just comfort for families that are in the hospital," says Mandy Hojian.

The Hojian Family -- Curtis, Mandy and Kassy -- now dedicates time to raising money for the March of Dimes so fewer families will have to repeat their experience.  At today's event, teams who raised money now complete a one-hour walk for babies.  They're also celebrating March of Dimes' 75-year history.

The organization was originally founded to eradicate polio.  When they did that, they essentially put themselves out of business.  So they turned focus to premature births, birth defects and infant mortality.  

"We're about babies -- all babies.  Those who were born healthy and those who need our help.  We like to say if you've had a baby, know a baby, or been a baby, you've been impacted by the March of Dimes.  Unfortunately, with one in ten babies being born prematurely in North Dakota, it seems to be something that really does impact everyone," says Ashley Gerner, Senior Community Director, ND Chapter, March of Dimes.

Premature births affect more than half a million babies each year.  The group says babies born too soon are more likely to die or have disabilities.  The March of Dimes addresses this by funding research and providing comfort and information to impacted families.  To learn more, visit


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