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WalkAmerica ‘rain or shine’ on Sunday at CCHS

WalkAmerica, the March of Dimes annual fundraiser, will be held Sunday at Corydon Central High School. Registration begins at noon and the WalkAmerica (10K) starts at 1 p.m., rain or shine.
Registration for the Mini-Walk, a one-mile fun run/walk for children 10 and younger and senior citizens, begins at 1:30 p.m. The Mini-Walk starts at 2 p.m.
Walkers will have the opportunity to win team and individual awards, eat a free picnic lunch, and enjoy a 10K walk through downtown Corydon. Mini-Walker participants will also win awards, enjoy door prize drawings, eat a sack lunch, and play on an inflatable bouncer toy at the Corydon Central High School football field/track.
All walkers will be encouraged to put the name of their special child on the ‘I’m Walking for Someone I Love’ signs that they can wear on their backs as they walk.
Having a premature baby can be very traumatic for families. No one knows this better than the parents of 2007 Harrison County MOD Ambassador Joseph Spalding. Born premature, he weighed 1 pound, 9 ounces and stayed in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Kosair Children’s Hospital for 96 days. During his stay in the NICU, Joseph received ‘surfactant therapy,’ which the March of Dimes played a leading role in developing.
Surfactant therapy keeps the tiny air sacs in the lungs from collapsing after exhaling. More than 200 babies just like Joseph are born premature in Indiana each week, a rate that’s higher than the national average. Prematurity is a serious and growing problem, the leading cause of newborn death. It affects more than 470,000 babies in the U.S. every year. Nearly half of all premature births happen for unknown reasons. One out of every eight babies is born too small or too soon. These are some of the reasons why the MOD is working very hard on this kind of research.
The MOD is a national voluntary health agency whose mission is to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality.
Founded in 1938, the March of Dimes funds programs of research, community services, education and advocacy to save babies. In 2003, it launched a campaign to address the increasing rate of premature birth.
For more information, call Kara Dietrich Brown at the local office at 1-800-255-5857 Ext. 33.