GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – Hundreds of people turned out for the March of Dimes “March for Babies” event in Greenville on Saturday. The annual march helps to raise money to give babies born premature a fighting chance.
Being born premature is the number one cause of death for children 5 years old and under. It’s a big problem impacting one in 10 babies in North Carolina.
Organizers said the money raised helps to fund local and national research.
“Why are babies born premature? What causes women to go into labor early? They’re studying nutrition, they’re studying the placenta, they’re studying the environment and stress,” said Vickie Goodwin.
Goodwin said the group just awarded an ECU doctor $150,000 for research in the East.
They hoped the event this year raised $100,000.