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'We're all March of Dimes babies:' Fundraiser begins Wednesday for prenatal care

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LUBBOCK, Texas -

Each year, more than 50,000 women experienced life-threatening complications from pregnancy and childbirth and 380,000 babies were born prematurely, according to the March of Dimes. 

In Texas, one in nine babies is born pre-term, leading to life-long health problems. 

"Moms and babies can't wait," Delia Case said, "and they need our help now more than ever."

Case, the executive director for March of Dimes West Texas, said her organization is "on the front lines" in lowering the rates of maternal mortality and preterm births in the South Plains and Eastern New Mexico. 

Nine years ago, Amanda Leach went into pre-term labor and gave birth to her son, Ryan, at only 27 weeks. Ryan's father, Rick, said March of Dimes-funded research has helped Ryan "have a successful outcome," including helping his lungs mature.

"We encourage everyone to support the March of Dimes," Rick said, "because we believe the most important institution is the family unit, and the March of Dimes is dedicated to healthy mothers and healthy babies.

"We're all March of Dimes babies," he continued, "and have all been impacted by the tremendous work and research funded by this organization."

From Wednesday to July 12, customers at United Family stores can donate to the March of Dimes to support the cause. Customers can opt-in and add a dollar at check-out. The money will go toward virtual programs for expecting mothers, education programs on Facebook Live, virtual neo-natal intensive care support, and COVID-19 intervention programming. 

Since 2001, the United Family and its shoppers have raised more than $1.1 million for the March of Dimes. 

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