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HOUSTON — It was the best feel-good moment of the week when more than 35,000 residents joined together in support of the smallest citizens of our city — babies — by participating in the 2015 March for Babies to benefit the March of Dimes. The University of Houston was packed with strollers, families and corporate teams who raised more than $3 million to help babies be born healthy.

Special guests at the day’s events included 2015 March for Babies Chair, Chuck Nugent, Vice President of Manufacturing Operations for GE Oil and Gas, and the Seerdan family, a local Houston ambassador family.

“We’ve seen today how important the health of moms and babies are to the people of Houston,” said 2015 March for Babies Chair Chuck Nugent. “I’m so proud to be part of a community where people come together for such a great cause. Helping our babies should be a top priority, and we’re excited about what we’ve accomplished here today.”

“It was a memorable and rewarding day for all of us,” said Heidi, mother of twins Kensie and Cade. “When Kensie and Cade were born 6 weeks early, we decided we wanted to do everything possible to help spare other families from the trauma we experienced.  We’re honored to represent the March of Dimes today in return for all the support they’ve given us and our family.”

Money raised by the event funds research, education and local community grants for programs such as Healthy Babies are Worth the Wait, a program that seeks to reduce elective deliveries before 39 weeks of pregnancy where there isn’t a medical need. Companies and individuals will continue to fundraise through June to reach the goal of $3.5 million

For more than 75 years, moms and babies have benefited from March of Dimes research, education, vaccines, and breakthroughs. Find out how you can help raise funds to prevent premature birth and birth defects at marchforbabies.org.  Find us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter. The 2015 March for Babies was sponsored nationally by Kmart, Famous Footwear, Cigna, Mission Pharmacal, United Airlines, and Macy’s.