NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – Hundreds of people hit the pavement in downtown Nashville Saturday for the Music City March for Babies walk.
The March of Dimes event took place at 9 a.m. at Nissan Stadium.
The annual event raises money to help premature babies and their families.
Of the over 1,500 babies born in Tennessee each week, nearly 200 are born premature. Preterm birth is the leading cause of newborn deaths in the US and a leading cause of blindness, hearing loss, cerebral palsy and learning disabilities.
News 2 spoke with NICU nurse Carissa Rogers, who walked to raise awareness for preterm births.
“There are so many families that are affected by it, people who are taken into the NICU don’t even know what this experience is going to be like,” said Rogers.
The March of Dimes hoped to raise $1 million with the event.