Premature birth is the number one killer of babies and 1 in 10 babies are born prematurely every year in the United States, that’s according to the March of Dimes organization.
Saturday, the community it’s support to help bring that statistic down.
More than 2,000 people participated in the March for Babies at Penn State Behrend Saturday afternoon.
Organizers of the march say nearly $300,000 dollars was raised during this year’s march for babies.
The money helps fund research, as well as support for families.
Asta Trinh says her daughter, Mylien, was born six weeks premature and because of March of Dimes, she survived.
Trinh says, “It is an amazing feeling. Words can’t even describe how you feel just to know that everybody is out there and behind you. And this is an amazing organization that helps not only my daughter but millions of babies.”
Organizers say March for Babies is to also help raise awareness.