March of Dimes raises awareness for premature births
by By Jessica Breger Staff Writer firstname.lastname@example.org
The March of Dimes March for Babies commenced Saturday morning. The March of Dimes celebrates its 75th anniversary this year.
The event began at 9 a.m. at the Medical Center of Southeastern Oklahoma in Durant.
After introductions and awards, participants embarked on a 2-mile walk to raise awareness and fund research for premature births in America.
For first-time walker Stephanie Curtis this is more than just a good cause to support. “I have two that were born three weeks early,” said Curtis.
She said she wants to help others get informed on how to prevent premature births. As a parent Curtis said the worst feeling is having a baby in the NIC Unit of a hospital and not being able to take them home.
Her first child had to stay at the hospital even after Curtis was released. “Having to leave her at night was the worst feeling ever,” said Curtis.
Curtis’s team “Curtis Kids” was awarded Most Outstanding New Team.
“This family understands what this is about,” said District Director Nancy Miller, as she gave the award.
Northwest Heights Elementary School received the award for most money raised by a school, church or civic group.
The school raised $4,489.12 alone. The Durant schools raised $9,048 together. Chickasaw Nation Health Clinic received the award for most raised by a Municipal.
First United Bank of Durant raised the most in the Corporate Division and also won the award for most raised through wrap- around events and greatest increase over 2012 with a nine percent increase.
The award for highest walker average team went to REI. The Top Walker Award went to Beverly Hill of REI. Hill raised $5,520 alone. This year the campaign raised more than $30,000 in Durant alone.
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