Troy-Dothan campus hold March of Dimes walk

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DOTHAN, AL (WTVY) -- For the first time since 2015, the March of Dimes held their March for Babies walk and held it t the Troy University Dothan Campus.

Troy University's Dothan campus went purple Saturday morning by teaming up with the March of Dimes for their March for Babies walk.

The walk is meant to bring about birth defects in children.

Ashley Gorum is a director for the March of Dimes, and she says, "The mission of the March of Dimes is to improve the help of babies by preventing birth defects, premature births, and infant mortality. We really strive for healthy moms and strong babies."

While no defined fundraising goal was set for the march, plenty of people had motivation in their children.

Whether they were no more than a few years old, or they were well on their way to adulthood.

Lacey Bickham, a nursing student at the Troy-Dothan campus told us, she's doing it for her friend.

"I had a friend growing up, her name was Shelby who was born 5 or 6 weeks earlier than ideal, but she did have a couple of issues growing up, but she's always been close to me," said Bickham after the walk.

Brittney Armstrong walked in the March for Babies this morning, because one of her daughters was born prematurely, but healthy.

She said, "This is such a special event, having two daughters of my own, and carrying a baby to term, and knowing the importance of carrying a baby to term, the March of Dimes they help to find a defect or do research to assist with premature births."

In Alabama, 1 out of every 9 children is born prematurely.
The amount of money raised from Saturday's donations and sponsorships will be announced later.

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