Walking in Longview to Save Babies

There was a traffic jam in some Longview streets Saturday morning, as over a thousand walkers took to the roadways for a good cause.

It was the annual walk-a-thon to raise money for the March of Dimes.  Over 13-hundred people joined in on the walk which began at Teague Park around 9 this morning and weaved its way 4 miles through Longview.

The event is held each year to promote awareness of problems that threaten babies in the U.S., such as birth defects, infant mortality, low birth weight and lack of prenatal care.  Organizers say walks like these are how the March of Dimes gets its message to the public.

"We do want to educate people that things can happen to a healthy woman something can happen to her baby," says Marlee Schmitt, March of Dimes. "So we try to raise that awareness this is also a special event where there's a lot of comradery, when you get 1300 people walking together its just a great feeling to know that you're all walking for one cause and that's healthy babies."

This was the 31st annual nationwide walk-athon for March of Dimes. Organizers say they hope to raise $185,000 dollars for the cause in Gregg County this year.