Thousands of people are expected at Centennial Park Sunday to participate in the annual March for Babies, presented by Baptist Hospital.
The march will benefit March of Dimes. The non-profit is celebrating it's 75th year as an organization and Sunday's march will feature a fun-filled birthday theme.
Prematurity is the leading cause of newborn death and March of Dimes rallies against those odds.
Nashville March for Babies brings together families, friends, companies and volunteers all raising money so that babies are born healthy and happy.
Ashley Turner has been a part of March of Dimes for six years. Her daughter was born at 27 weeks and spent over 40 days in the hospital.
“It was just a completely normal pregnancy until I woke up on a Sunday morning and was in premature labor. I went to the hospital, and they spent three days trying to stop the labor,” she told News 2.
Ellie Turner, now six years old, said, “I think it's very important to the babies that are sick and it's really important to me and all the other people.”
In Tennessee, in an average week, 1,529 babies are born. Of those, 196 are born premature.
Sunday's events include a two-mile walk activities such as kid's zone with face painting, balloons, a DJ and bounce houses.
“I would just encourage people to get involved with the March of Dimes and learn more,” added Turner.
For more information or to register, visit the March of Dimes Tennessee Chapter.