March for Babies supports families and infants in preterm births

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In the midst of chilly rain, hundreds of people crowded Genoa Park for the annual March of Dimes event, called "March for Babies."

"It's great. It really is," said Aaron Puckett who attended the walk with his family.

Aaron and his wife Kate are parents to 2-year-old Fisher, who was born prematurely.

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"He was born at 26 weeks and six days," Kate said. "He was born at a pound and 9 ounces. He was on a ventilator and then on a CPAP. He came home on oxygen."

The Puckett family found support through March of Dimes, an organization that raises money in support of research, programming, education and advocacy for the health of babies and their moms.

"They do a lot of research for therapy that has helped (Fisher) with his lungs, and we just want to give back to everybody who has helped us throughout our journey with him," said Kate.

In an average week, about 272 babies are born preterm in Ohio. Twenty Ohio babies die before reaching their first birthday.

March of Dimes has a goal of raising 75,000 for research. Click here to donate.