Thousands walk for healthy babies at Canalside

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – Thousands of people marched for healthy babies in downtown Buffalo Sunday.

Shoshanna Hertz is one of many children that are alive today because of the March of Dimes. “I was born three and a half months early and weighed almost two pounds,” said Hertz.

The nonprofit-funded research that created a medicine that helps babies breathe.

“The March of Dimes developed artificial surfactant which allowed her [Shoshanna’s] lungs to inflate at the time that she was born. Without that she wouldn’t have survived,” said Sarah Ford, Shoshanna’s mother.

Ford and her family were among the three thousand people at Canalside that participated in the March for Babies fundraiser. It included a 2 mile walk, picnic lunch and kids zone.

This is the largest annual fundraiser for the western New York March of Dimes which supports research and other programs to help have more babies born healthy. This year’s event raised more than $300,000.

“You’re helping preemies and their families so that they have a better chance to survive,” said Hertz.

“The people here are out raising money, raising awareness. We fund research. We fund advocacy,” said Tom Kane, Division Director for the Western New York March of Dimes. ”It’s all about the awareness of what you need to do to have a healthy pregnancy.”

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