GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. For March of Dimes today was one of their biggest events of the year and they have been preparing for months. The March for Babies saw about 3 million participants nationwide.
In Grand Junction the crowd gathered at Lincoln Park to support the cause. They walked five miles around the park to raise awareness of babies born prematurely every year. In the past this event has raised 2.3 billion dollars to help all babies.
"The skies have opened up for us and our numbers are absolutely incredible,” March of Dimes Division Director Terri Jones said. “Families and companies are out here supporting the March of Dimes and I couldn't be happier."
Attendees also got to hang out in the park for a few hours to enjoy food, crafts and live music. There was also a NICU family reunion tent where families of babies that were born too soon could come and trace their child's hand on a quilt.
Funds that were raised today will go to research to address and solve problems in pregnancy. Community programs that help mothers have a successful full-term pregnancy will also benefit from the event.