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Hundreds walk for babies in Nacogdoches Walk of Dimes

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LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) -

Hundreds filled the streets of Nacogdoches Saturday morning walking in honor of babies.

Over 20 teams participated in the March of Dimes three mile walk, to do their part in making sure every baby is born healthy.

 "It gives you an outlet to tell your story to find others with similar stories and know you're not alone," said Jennifer Winston, Volunteer

March of Dimes raises money for babies born prematurely and babies born with birth defects.

Vicki Wood's daughter Rinley was born with a congenital heart defect and Wood says every step taken today brings families one step closer to healthier babies.

"Right now in the Texas legislature there is a proposition that is trying to be passes that would require all hospitals to do a congenital heart defects screening of all newborn children," said Wood.

Volunteer Jennifer Winston says her twins were born at 24 weeks and weighed just over a pound, her son Evan died when he was seven months old.

"I walk in memory of him and in honor of my daughter who turned six a couple of weeks ago and she walks and talks and smiles and hears and sees everything you could imagine that a preemie could do," said Winston.

Behind every participant there is a connection to a child  whose life was cut short or a child struggling with their health.

Participants say March of Dimes benefits every family and the funds raised for research goes toward giving newborns a healthy life.

"To make the community aware of all the different things out there that March of Dimes does and without community support March of Dimes wouldn't be able to do all the things they do," said Wood.

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