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2014 March of Dimes Mission to Improve Health of Babies

With infant mortality rates in Indiana on the rise, there are 7.7 deaths for every 1,000 births. The March of Dimes is on a mission to improve the health of babies in our state and throughout the country.
"Even though he was here a short time, he made a difference and changed us." - Amber Coughlin
With infant mortality rates in Indiana on the rise, there are 7.7 deaths for every 1,000 births.  The March of Dimes is on a mission to improve the health of babies in our state and throughout the country.

WFFT's Brooke Welch spoke with a mother that has experienced loss firsthand, and has information on how you can get involved in the March for Babies with weekend.

It's something no parent should ever have to go through.

"Your life has changed forever.  A lot of thoughts on what would have happened or what could have happened.  The life experiences that you know you're missing out on every year."

Meet Amber Coughlin.  Her son Jack was born at 23 weeks and passed away 1 week later.

"He was life.  Someone that we looked forward to having.  Even though he was here a short time, he made a difference and changed us."

The annual March for Babies walk on Saturday, April 26th is a time for Amber and her family to remember Jack and to bond with other moms that have experienced the same loss. 

March of Dimes, Community Director Melanie Kellogg says the March of Dimes helps all babies.

"Every baby is affected by the March of Dimes.  We started with eradicating polio in 1979 and we moved from getting rid of polio to premature births."

Organizers expect the walk to bring in over $100,000 dollars and Amber says the walk helps moms that have dealt with loss to heal.

"That camaraderie with all the moms and just the other people that support you during the walk, it's just amazing."

This year, joining Amber at the walk is a new addition to her family.  Her 4 month old baby girl.

Many of us at WFFT are getting involved in this important cause by joining the March for Babies on Saturday at Headwaters Park.

If you would like to get involved you can register to walk here.
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