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March for better health for babies

ALBANY -- March of Dimes is inviting the community to come out and walk Saturday at 8 a.m. at Veterans Park, beside the Albany Civic Center.

Parents Joe and Stephine Potter will be there with their son, Brandon, the 2011 March of Dimes Ambassador Child. Brandon, now 7 years old, was born six weeks early and spent time in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. The Potter family realized how the March of Dimes support for medical research helped their son.

The Potter family intends to share its story to help raise awareness and money for the March of Dimes.

"When Brandon was born, a moment that was supposed to be the happiest in my life turned into the most frightening," Stephanie Potter said. "The fact that Brandon has grown to this vibrant, loving child is a testament to his will and the March of Dimes's ability to truly improve the health of babies. That's what motivates us to tell our story and help raise money for 'March for Babies.'"

"March for Babies" is a walking event held in 900 communities across the country. People are encouraged to register and raise funds for lifesaving research and educational programs at marchforbabies.org.

The March of Dimes is the leading nonprofit organization for pregnancy and baby health with chapters nationwide. The organization works to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality. For more information on the March of Dimes, visit marchofdimes.com or nacersano.org.

Contact Michele Redmond (229) 432-1201 or mredmond@marchofdimes.com.