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Annual March for Babies held to help families have healthy babies

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MADISON (WKOW) -- People marched for healthy babies Saturday in Madison.

More than 2,000 people participated in this year's March for Babies at Law Park downtown.

The goal of the walk and the hosting organization March of Dimes is to find what causes premature birth and infant death and help save lives.

"We fund therapies that help babies that are born prematurely," says Christine Rader, with March of Dimes Madison. "We fund research to help find answers to why babies are born prematurely and why babies are born with defects."

This was the third march held in Madison.

March of Dimes also provides information and support for families dealing with problems that threaten babies.

According to March of Dimes, the preterm birth rate in Wisconsin is 10.5 percent. The organization's goal is to reduce that number nationwide to 9.6 percent by 2020.

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