March for Babies Kick-Off

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North Public Relations Release: Hundreds of Tallahassee Residents Gather to Kick Off 2013 March for Babies

WHO: Energized Tallahassee residents dedicated to giving babies a healthy start in life, including Big Bend March of Dimes 2013 March for Babies Chair Thomas Harrison, CEO of Tallahassee Primary Care Associates, local elected officials, 101 Restaurant, Bank of America, Coca-Cola,
Wal-Mart, Tallahassee Primary Care Associates, North Florida Women's Care, AMWAT, Tallahassee Memorial Hospital, and Publix Super Markets, business teams, and families of premature babies.

WHAT: 2013 Big Bend March for Babies Kickoff

Hundreds will gather to kick-off the 2013 March for Babies in Tallahassee Wednesday. Raising money to help Tallahassee babies is more important than ever, and past, current and first-time participants will gather to celebrate babies and discuss how to engage more walkers for this year's event than ever before. March for Babies is the March of Dimes largest fundraiser, with 2,500 walkers bringing in more than $100,000 in Tallahassee last year.

WHEN: Wednesday January 30, 2013
12:00 p.m.

WHERE: Challenger Learning Center/IMAX Theater
200 S. Duval St. Tallahassee, FL 32301 (Kleman Plaza)

WHY: Premature birth touches half a million babies and their families every year including 12.8 percent of babies born premature in Leon County. Babies born too soon are more likely to die or have disabilities. More than 120,000 babies are born with serious birth defects that can mean a lifetime of disability. Premature babies often spend their first weeks in the NICU fighting for life, and often have lasting consequences such as vision and hearing loss or learning disabilities. March of Dimes is the champion for all babies, those born healthy and those who need help to survive and thrive. Moms can rely on March of Dimes for everything they need to know about having a healthy baby and how to recognize the warning signs of premature labor.

About the March of Dimes:

The March of Dimes is the leading nonprofit organization for pregnancy and baby health. With chapters nationwide and its premier event, March for Babies, the March of Dimes works to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality.

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