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2019 Mohawk Valley March for Babies draws a big crowd

Hundreds turn out for this year's March for Babies event in Utica.

Posted: May 18, 2019 1:59 PM
Updated: May 19, 2019 11:25 AM

Utica, N.Y. - A beautiful morning on Saturday made for a big turnout at the 2019 Mohawk Valley March for Babies at the Masonic Care Community in Utica.

Parents who were fortunate enough to have premature babies that survived, were in abundance, like the Powers family from Little Falls, this year's Ambassador Family.

Laura Powers, the mom of twin boys Logan and Declan who are now 5 years old, can attest to the work done by the March of Dimes, "I was about 6 months pregnant when they were born and they spent the first 2 1/2 months of their lives in Syracuse at Crouse NICU and where we live in Little Falls, it was quite a stretch, but they are now almost 5 1/2 years old and they’re happy and healthy and a lot of work that The March of Dimes has done, attributes to their success."

Some parents aren't as lucky as the Powers family. Lonnell Bryant and Octavia Davis of Utica, who are engaged recently lost their daughter Heaven. They also took part in Saturday's event, Davis says it's been hard, but family and friends have been there for support, "She was stillborn at 32 weeks so we don’t know what happened. We’re just here to find more research." Bryant says Heaven is in their minds every day, "Together we hold her in our hearts and keep her alive every day."

This couple any the thousands across the country who came out to this event are raising money to help the March of Dimes keep mothers and babies healthy.

Diana Haldenwang has been volunteering at this event for 15 years, "I have a son, we were fortunate to have everything go the way that you would expect it to go, easy, happy, healthy, but I have friends, I have family who didn’t, so it’s really important to me to come and support the March of Dimes,"

No word on how much money was raised during this year's event.

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