March for Babies raises $97,000


LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) – Hundreds of people walked together at the Tippecanoe County Fairgrounds Saturday morning as part of the 44th annual March of Dimes March for Babies.

The event raises funds for research to help prevent premature birth.

Jessica Jackson was one of the hundreds who walked in the event. She gave birth to twins Joshua and Noah nine years ago. They were 17 weeks premature. Joshua died six days later, but his brother joins his mother and supportive family and friends on the walk each year.

Jackson says that experience was a life-changing one. She said it is an honor to walk in support of the organization and for other families.

“To go through that — something you can never be prepared for — and to know there’s an organization like March of Dimes that’s out there that raises money to try to help, so other families don’t have to go through that,” said Jackson. “Because no family should ever have to go through wondering if their child is going to survive the night.”

Saturday’s event raised just over $97,000, just under the organization’s goal of $100,000. If you are interested in donating, click here. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language, off topic, or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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