Sunny day draws big crowd for March for Babies

By Sydney Benter

Published 04/27 2014 12:24AM

Updated 04/27 2014 12:27AM

Lots of groups from around the Wabash Valley put on their walking shoes for the March of Dimes Saturday.

Organizers say the weather plays a big role in turnout for the annual walk and the sunshine brought out a big crowd.

We're told more than 1,800 people walked to support the March of Dimes of the Wabash Valley. With a big crowd comes big donations. The group expects to meet or exceed its $174,000 fundraising goal.

"We take all this money that we raise at events like March for Babies and we put that to work to fund research, to fund education programs and to work in our communities to help better the outcome for babies that are born maybe premature, maybe that their baby is born with a birth defect," says Nikki Simpson, division director for March of Dimes Wabash Valley.

The NBC 2 crew had a team walking. The march starts at Memorial Stadium and loops through Fairbanks Park and ends back at the stadium.

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