March for Babies kicks off to provide care for mothers and prema

March for Babies kicks off to provide care for mothers and premature infants

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More than half a million babies are born prematurely each year across the country and doctors say West Texas is making a difference in slowing it.

The "March for Babies" kicked off Tuesday to help raise money for the March of Dimes.

The goal -- $275,000 to provide care for both mothers and premature babies.

The March's mission has expanded a lot since its original mandate to cure polio from President Roosevelt in the 30s.

"Now the focus is on doing the things we can to make healthy moms healthier, pregnant moms healthier, so that you can have healthier babies at birth," Dr. Tedd Mitchell said. "So the effort is one that, for us not only in Lubbock, not only in West Texas, but as a nation is a very worthwhile thing." 

The March is set for April 14 at Texas Tech's Raider Alley.

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