March of Dimes Walk for Babies Funds Lifesaving Programs

The March of Dimes 38th Annual Victor Valley March for Babies surpassed their goal and raised $78,000 this year. The walk was held on April 12 at Victor Valley College.

Several speakers took the stage before the walk began, including the Wetzel family. Destiny Wetzel talked about the unexpected problems with three of their four children, who were born prematurely. One of them, Jaxon, was born at 27 weeks, and has some minor hearing loss and speech and motor delays.

“Every day, thousands of babies are born too soon, too small and often very sick. Our team is walking in March for Babies because we want to do something about this,” said Destiny.

Robert Pine and Larry Wilcox from the 1970’s era CHiPs TV show get on stage and said a few words.

Local 2014 chairperson Suzanne Richards, CEO of Victor Valley Global Medical Center was thrilled that the community at large pitched in to make the event a huge success.

The hospital’s “Global Trotters” were joined by other local High Desert teams including Southwest Gas, K-mart, Desert Community Bank, the DMV.

The nation’s first and largest charity walking event encourages businesses, families and friends to start a team to raise money each year.

The March of Dimes helps fund lifesaving research and educational programs aimed at helping moms have healthy babies. Raising awareness is important in the greater Victor Valley and Barstow areas, where 11 percent of babies are born prematurely.

For more info on March for Babies, go to marchforbabies.org.

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