At the same time hundreds of thousands of people are marching in 900 communities across the United States. Some raised hundreds of dollars, and some raised thousands. That money funds programs and research to help mothers have healthy, full-term pregnancies.
People have been walking since 1970 and have raised more than $2.5 billion for this effort to improve the health of babies born in the U.S.
"My son was premature. He came along seven weeks early, and when he was born, he was three pounds, nine ounces. And so he was in the NICU for a while before we could take him home, but now he's a strong healthy little guy, and yeah he's doing really good, and it's thanks to organizations like this," March of Dimes volunteer Donna Estrin said.
Several events were held in the Bay Area on Saturday at 9a.m. One was held at Fort Mason in San Francisco, one in downtown San Jose, and one in the East Bay at the Alameda County Fairgrounds in Pleasanton.