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Our mission is to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth, and infant mortality. We carry out this mission through research, community services, education and advocacy to save babies' lives. March of Dimes researchers, volunteers, educators, outreach workers and advocates work together to give all babies a fighting chance against the threats to their health: prematurity, birth defects, low birthweight.
It is the oldest and one of the most popular walking events in the nation. Join your friends and neighbors; have fun; and support research and programs to help babies in your community and across the nation get a healthy start.
Walk in honor of your own baby, a relative's or a friend's. Every year, more than half a million babies are born too soon. Many die. More than 120,000 babies are born with serious birth defects that can mean a lifetime of disability. By taking part in WalkAmerica, you can help save babies and give hope to families.
WalkAmerica is held in 1,100 communities across the nation. Every year, 7 million compassionate people, including 20,000 company and family teams as well as our national sponsors, participate. The event has raised more than $1.7 billion since 1970 to bring the March of Dimes closer to the day when all babies are born healthy and full term.
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