Minds On Healthy Babies: March Of Dimes Fundraiser

By KBJR News 1

November 1, 2012 Updated Nov 1, 2012 at 10:37 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (Northland's Newscenter) - Many had the health of babies on their minds tonight.

That as people came together for a fundraiser creating awareness for March of Dimes, an organization designed to prevent premature birth and birth defects and to promote healthy pregnancies.

Sometimes when we think of having children, we think of their first smiles, their first word, and the day when they need a ride to soccer practice.

But for some, the ability to have a child is a dream all in itself.

"I had four miscarriages before my first son and another miscarriage after my son," Trista Anderson, March of Dimes, said.

Anderson now has two boys, both born premature. She says she relies on the community for help.

"Sometimes when you're going though difficult pregnancies, losses, premature birth, you feel isolated and its kind of a silent suffering—if you will—for a lot of moms and dads," Anderson said.

November is Prematurity Awareness Month, at a time when the March of Dimes focuses the nation's attention on premature birth.

A celebration and Signature Chefs Auction at the Northland Country Club helped kick the event off.

"We bring some of the top chefs in from the Northland area where they serve some of their best recipes and appetizers," Joel Brekken, March of Dimes fundraiser event organizer, said.

The sold out event is an effort to create awareness of premature birth and birth defect prevention.

"Tonight's goal is to raise $65,000 or more," Brekken said.

Money from the auction items is raised for educational programs and research purposes.

"There is not a baby born today that is not impacted in some way by the March of Dimes," Anderson said.

For more information on the March of Dimes and how you can donate to improve education and research follow this link: http://bit.ly/RxUfTj

Justin Reis, NNC. jreis@northlandsnewscenter.com