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MOBILE, Ala. - More than a hundred people gathered May 6 in Geri Moulton Children's Park for the March for Babies presented by the March of Dimes.
Officials with the March of Dimes reported that more than $50,000 has been raised so far this year in the Mobile area to help support improving the health of babies.
USA Children's & Women's Hospital, a gold sponsor for the walk, was recognized as the group who raised the most money for the March of Dimes during the campaign, bringing in $9,203. The top individual fundraiser was Jackie Turner, who collected $2,319, while the top family team raised $3,378 in honor of Emma Kate Roten, a little girl who was born prematurely and spent time in the hospital's Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. Emma Kate attended the walk with her parents, Tiffany and Jason Roten, and other family and friends.
Former U.S. Surgeon General Regina Benjamin also attended, and walked with a group from south Mobile County. Benjamin, who leads a health care clinic in the Bayou La Batre community, serves on the national board of directors for the March of Dimes.
The March for Babies also recognized infants who left us too soon. Purple flowers in pots arranged in the shape of a butterfly adorned a central section of the sculpture park where families could "plant" a sign in memory of their loved ones. Seed packets also were handed out to be planted later.
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