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4/29/06-Longview

Longview Holds Walk America Event

Longview held an event today where the community came together to help provide care for premature babies. Hundreds of people representing numerous businesses, turned out for today's March of Dimes "Walk America" at the Longview Rodeo Grounds. Although the walk was cancelled because of rain, their efforts were appreciated by families who've had premature babies.

There was music, dancing and games,and volunteers got to meet families that had been helped through the efforts of March of Dimes. "We've heard their stories and it's very touching and moving and research from Walk America has been wonderful," said event supporter Karen Pepper.

Holly Hood's son, Harry, was born 15 weeks premature, and through funding from March of Dimes, Harry is happy and healthy now, and she is dedicated to helping others who may go through the same. "We're going to continue doing everything we can to raise as much money as possible so Henry's children won't have to go through the same thing he did," says Holly.

"There's no doubt that every dollar that people raise through this event will help babies in the future," said Henry's father Jeff Hood.

More than $150,000 was raised in today's event. According to the American Medical Association, one out of every eight babies in the U.S. is born premature.

Bob Hallmark reporting, bhallmark@kltv.com

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