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Hundreds march in Waikiki to promote good health for moms and babies

More than 400 people walked in support of healthy moms and babies in an event in Waikiki on Saturday morning.
Published: Apr. 23, 2022 at 3:52 PM HST|Updated: Apr. 23, 2022 at 5:37 PM HST
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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - More than 400 people walked in support of healthy moms and babies in an event in Waikiki on Saturday morning.

The event was organized by nonprofit March of Dimes. And for many, the cause is an important one.

Families, keiki and four-legged friends walked 2.25 miles around Kapiolani Park to raise money and awareness, wearing leis to symbolize what they were walking for: pink for loss, blue for healthy babies, yellow for advocacy and purple for prematurity.

I walked also, having had complications during both my pregnancies. My son was born premature.

Several organizations and donors have long supported the March of Dimes’ evolving mission.

“I’ve been with the March of Dimes for 84 years. I started out as an 8-year-old collecting dimes to fight polio,” said philanthropist John Henry Felix.

Now the organization provides education and support to prevent maternal and infant health risks and deaths.

Mother of three Amy Feeley Austin had severe complications with her third pregnancy and said March of Dimes helped her during a difficult time.

“Folks are not always prepared to deal with the emotional components of that, with the fear, with the uncertainty, you just kind of get your diagnosis and then, you know, you have to kind of cope with that and figure out what that means for you,” Austin said.

Austin said fundraisers like March for Babies fund programs to ensure health equity for at-risk families — many of whom lack access to prenatal care and experience miscarriages, prematurity and postpartum depression.

For more information, visit marchofdimes.org.

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