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Join 11Alive's Christine Pullara and march for healthy babies
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Join 11Alive's Christine Pullara and march for healthy babies

ATLANTA -- More than 400 babies are born too soon every week in Georgia.

These babies' lungs, brains and other organs may not be fully developed. As a result, thousands of them do not live long enough to see their first birthdays.

On Saturday, Apr. 30, a legion of families and business leaders in Metro Atlanta and across Georgia will join together for the annual March of Dimes March for Babies, the nation's oldest walk fundraiser dedicated to preventing premature birth, birth defects and infant mortality.

"Every step we take, every dollar raised brings us closer to a day when every family will know the joy of a healthy baby," said Courtney Lewis, VP of global assurance services at AT&T and downtown March for Babies chair. "I am honored to join community members committed to this vision and to the goal of raising $5 million for the March of Dimes Georgia chapter. I challenge every citizen to get involved."

Four sites in Metro Atlanta will host March for Babies.

Georgia World Congress Center International Plaza
285 Andrew Young International Boulevard, 30313
Registration at 7:30 a.m., walk at 9 a.m.
Christine Pullara, host of the 11Alive daytime show "Atlanta & Company," will help host the opening ceremony of this event, which also includes a fun run, live music from Xavier Lewis of "America's Got Talent" and a special Share Your Baby's Story video booth where families can make a commemorative message about the day.

Marietta Middle School
121 Winn Street, 30064
Registration at 8:30 a.m., walk at 10 a.m.
Hannah Thomas, a winner of the Georgia Lottery's All Access Music Search, will perform during the opening ceremony of the Marietta walk.

Suwanee Town Center Park
370 Buford Highway, 30024
Registration at 9 a.m., walk at 10 a.m.

North Fulton
Roswell Municipal Complex
38 Hill Street, 30075
Registration at 9 a.m., walk at 10 a.m.
Caleb Thornley and Jonathan Wisdom, members of local band theKey, will perform during the opening ceremony outside Roswell City Hall.

Funds raised by March for Babies will support prenatal wellness programs, critical research and community grants, along with local resources like the Angel II neonatal transport unit at Grady Hospital and Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) Family Support Programs at Atlanta Medical Center and Savannah's Memorial University Medical Center.

The most urgent infant health problem in the U.S. today is premature birth. It affects more than half a million babies each year and is the leading cause of newborn death within the first month of life.

This past November, the March of Dimes issued a Report Card on Premature Birth. The nation scored a D, while Georgia received an F.

The March of Dimes is committed to reducing this toll by funding research to find the answers to problems that continue to threaten the health of babies.

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