March for Babies a time for remembrance, celebration

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GREENFIELD — For many families, the Tri-County March for Babies is a day of mixed emotions.

More than 100 people came together Sunday to celebrate the March of Dimes campaign to end premature birth. And all of them had a story connecting them to the cause.

For some participants, it is a tale of celebration – a child’s survival in the face of seemingly insurmountable odds. For others, the event is bittersweet, a time to remember a loved one lost.

Each year, the walk starts at Greenfield-Central High School and has a two-mile and three-mile route, both of which make a loop around the high school and Hancock County Public Library.

Sunday, Team W.E.B. walked in memory of William Edward Brown, who died in 2007. He was 9 days old. William was born just after Christmas, about four weeks early. He weighed in at just 3 pounds, 12 ounces.

“He just wouldn’t grow,” his mother, Amanda Brown of Bloomingdale, said. “I didn’t look like I was pregnant.”

Brown got involved with the Greenfield walk through a friend. Each year, they raise money to support March of Dimes and celebrate her firstborn.

“It’s just nice to remember him, and what the March of Dimes is doing is really good,” she said.

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