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Hardin Countians 'March for Babies'

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By Kelly Cantrall

Hardin Countians put on their walking shoes this weekend to raise money for the smallest among them.

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Walkers filled the parking lot of Elizabethtown High School on Saturday to begin the March for Babies event, sponsored by the March of Dimes. The three-mile walk began in the parking lot after participants fueled up with food and pumped up with Zumba demonstrations.

There usually is about 250 walkers every year, said Danielle Gleitz, a community director of March of Dimes. She said the event raised about $115,000 for the organization, which is about a $6,000 increase from last year. For the size of the community, it’s a generous amount, she said.

“It’s awesome. I just can’t believe the money they raise here,” Gleitz said.

The walk was led by the West family, who are this year’s ambassadors. Mechelle West developed preeclampsia during her pregnancy with Graham, 6, and delivered him 11 weeks early. The family has given to March of Dimes because of its help with Graham, but this was the first walk in which the family participated.

West said the family wanted “just to share our story” of how they were helped by March of Dimes.

John West told the crowd that March of Dimes helped them even more than they realized at the time, and said that all of the participants were a “blessing.”

Amanda Williams, a past ambassador, joined the walk to continue her support of the organization.

“Hardin County always does great. It’s always a big event,” Williams said.

Kelly Cantrall can be reached at (270) 505-1747 or kcantrall@thenewsenterprise.com.