Snow and cold no match for March for Babies in Denver

DENVER — The cold, wet and snowy weather couldn’t stop thousands of people from raising hundreds of thousands of dollars Saturday morning to help make sure babies are born healthy.

The March of Dimes hosted its annual March for Babies at City Park, despite snow and near-freezing temperatures.

Colorado’s Own Channel 2, as part of 2 Your Health, is proud to support the event that raised more than $230,000 to raise awareness about and prevent babies being born premature.

In the United States, nearly one in 10 babies is born prematurely and faces an increased risk of death before the baby’s first birthday. In Colorado, the numbers are slightly better than average.

March of Dimes works to prevent premature birth and improve the healthcare women receive.

Premature birth – before 37 weeks of pregnancy – is the number cause of death for babies in the U.S. Those who survive often have lifelong health complications, including breathing and vision issues and intellectual delays.

Healthcare costs associated with premature birth is estimated at about $26 billion per year, according to the National Academy of Medicine.