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March for Babies walk to be held Saturday

The local chapter of March of Dimes will hold its annual March for Babies walk on Saturday, April 26, at the West Fargo Veterans Memorial Arena, located at 1201 7th Ave. E. In the past, the walk has been called WalkAmerica. While the event's name has changed, the mission has not. The money raised through the March for Babies walk will be used to help fund research, community services, education and advocacy to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature births and infant mortality.

Registration for the March for Babies walk is scheduled to begin at 8 a.m. on Saturday, with the walk beginning at 9 a.m. Participants will follow a three mile course, beginning at the parking lot at the Veterans Memorial Arena, and ending up back at the Arena for a celebration .

Rob Roberts, March of Dimes Chapter Board Chair, and Karin Roseland, the State Director for March of Dimes, will co-chair the event.

This year's ambassador is Greta Tangquist, daughter of Liz and Mark Tangquist, of Moorhead. Greta was born on September 29, 2006 at the Innovis Birthing Center, weighing only 1 pound, and 9 ounces. After spending most of her first year in the hospital, Greta finally got to go home a couple of days before her first birthday. She still requires 24-hour nursing care.

March of Babies walks are held in over 1,000 communities in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico.

The walk is March of Dimes biggest fundraiser of the year. This year's local sponsors are Thrivent Financial for Lutherans, Blue Cross/Blue Shield of North Dakota, US Bank, Subway, Medica Foundation, Loaf 'N Jug, The Forum, and Bank of the West.

National sponsors include Kmart, Cigna, Farmers Insurance Group, FedEx, Famous Footwear, Liberty Tax Service., Grains for Life, and Continental Airlines.

For more information, contact Karin Roseland, State Director for March of Dimes, at 235-5530.