The annual March of Dimes event took place on Sunday at Lincoln Park in Middlesboro. Several people from the community, along with local organizations, took part in the walk famous for raising funds for premature babies.
Kara Hawk, community director of the Cardinal Division, spoke to those in attendance about the event.
“I’m so thankful to be here today with this great group of people,” said Hawk.
Hawk explained nearly four million babies are born each year and the March of Dimes helps all of them in some form, not just the ones who are born premature. The March of Dimes helps through education and research for babies, Hawk said.
Money raised from the event goes to the foundation. It eventually is divvied up to different scientists who work on coming up with cures and educational programs, according to Hawk.
She said the March of Dimes works closely with area hospitals and are currently working on a “Healthy Babies Can Wait” campaign.
Also present on Sunday was this year’s ambassador, Ella Dunn and her family. Dunn was born 10 weeks early and spent seven weeks in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU).
Local sponsors included Home Federal Bank, Community Trust Bank, First State Financial, Coca-Cola and associates at Walmart.
The March of Dimes was created over 75 years ago, founded with the help of President Franklin Roosevelt. The organization was originally created to help combat polio in the United States, which ultimately resulted in the creation of the vaccine. There has not been a single outbreak of polio in the U.S. in more than 30 years, she said.
Each decade, the March of Dimes has tackled a major issue in the U.S.
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