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Over 3,000 walkers, from families to business leaders, joined the March of Dimes annual March for Babies at Canalside in Downtown Buffalo on Sunday. The event is the oldest fundraiser walk, which honors both babies born healthy and those who need help to thrive, and raised over $300,000.

“It was a memorable and rewarding day for all of us,” said Sara Ford, whose daughter Shoshanna served as the 2014 March for Babies Buffalo Ambassador. Ford said that after her daughter was born at 25 weeks the family wanted to help spare other families from the trauma they faced.

“We’re honored to represent the March of Dimes in return for all the support they’ve given us and our family,” said Ford.

One especially notable team, the GMHC/UAW Lockport for Babies, raised $25,000 this year.

March for Babies Buffalo provided a free picnic lunch for families, a kid’s zone, Buffalo Jugglers, and inspiring stories from Western New York families, newborn intensive care nurses from Women and Children’s Hospital of Buffalo, Sisters of Charity Hospital and Mercy Hospital. All were there to show their support for the march and the babies they care for.

Presenting sponsor for a third year was Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Western New York. Other sponsors included Tops Supermarkets, Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital, Kelton Enterprises, Bank of America, Citi and Geico.

Funds raised by March for Babies in New York support prenatal wellness programs, research grants, newborn intensive care, family support and advocacy efforts for stronger, healthier babies.

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