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March of Dimes Helps Families in Most Vulnerable Times

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LAWTON, Okla_It was a walk to remember. Hundreds of people filled Goodyear's recreation Center Saturday afternoon to help make a big difference for small babies in need. It was The March of Dimes' Annual Walk for Babies.

Originally created to find a vaccine for Polio, the March of Dimes is now working towards the prevention of premature babies.

As of last year, one in eight babies born in Oklahoma were pre-mature.

Leslie Beavers did a fundraiser for March of Dimes in college, but never thought she'd need their help. But when her daughter was born twelve weeks early all of that changed.

"It's pretty scary. It's all new, especially being a first time mom, " said Leslie Beavers, mother of two.

For six and half weeks she watched her baby girl fight for her life. Leslie said it was a tumultuous time, but she had an ally in the storm.

"It's difficult. There's a lot of blame for yourself but March of Dimes did a good job of explaining that it's not your fault, things happen, " explained Beavers.

She said March of Dimes stepped in and supported her through one of the toughest times in her family's life. They introduced her to other families with similar struggles and even took photographs of her daughter to have for the future.

"I have a very strong family support group but unless you've actually been in that situation you can't really relate to the person that's there, " said Beavers. "So having them there and being able to relate to them and being introduced to other moms and dads that have gone through the situation made it a lot more bearable."

Now four years old, Leslie's daughter Cayden is active and healthy. She credits her success to the research done by March of Dimes. She said March of Dimes not only helped her with her daughter, but also again with the recent birth of her son.

"There's been research that suggests progesterone shots would prevent premature birth, so because of the history of our daughter being born twelve weeks early I took shots weekly to prevent him, so we he was born full term," said Beavers.

This was Leslie's fourth walk with March of Dimes, and it won't be her last.

As long as there is progress to be made, Leslie and the rest of Cayden's Crew will be there to march to give every baby a healthy start.

The Lawton Division raised just over $140,000 this fund raising season. Seventy-seven cents of every one of those dollars will go towards research for premature birth prevention.

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