March For Babies thrives, despite rain
MILWAUKEE - Despite the rain Saturday, some participants of the 2012 Milwaukee March for Babies started the day early, warming up with a Zumba class at O'Donnell Park.
Hundreds of families and business leaders signed up for the annual event.
It's the nation's oldest walk-a-thon honoring babies born healthy and those in need of help to survive and thrive.
The one and a half mile walk kicked off at 10am.
Funds raised by March for Babies in Wisconsin helps to support prenatal wellness programs, research grants, neonatal intensive care unit family support programs and advocacy efforts for stronger, healthier babies.
The most urgent infant health problem in the U.S. today is premature birth.
It affects more than half a million babies each year, with the number growing every day.
This past November, the March of Dimes issued a Premature Birth Report Card, giving the nation a "C" and Wisconsin the grade of "B."