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Rain not a damper for March of Babies

POSTED: April 19, 2014 11:49 p.m.

Doctors, former patients and hundreds of other walkers didn’t let rain dampen their enthusiasm for helping ensure healthy babies Saturday.

Dr. Cynthia Cabrera was one of the participants in this year’s March of Babies, an annual fundraiser for the March of Dimes.

“I saw more of the moms than the kids this year because they didn’t want to bring them out in the rain, but it was nice to see them,” Cabrera said, a Longstreet physician who works in the neonatal unit at Northeast Georgia Medical Center. “I can perfectly understand because my first concern is I don’t want these preemies out in the rain and cold.”

Renee Ward, who organizes the Longstreet Team, didn’t blame parents, either, for avoiding the damp weather.

“Mommies don’t like to bring their babies out in the rain. I never did!” she said.

The walk, held at Longwood Park at Wilshire Trails in Gainesville, raises money for the nonprofit organization’s work to prevent premature births and birth defects.

“I had one parent who said, ‘Say Hi to Dr. Cabrera, you gave her a lot of gray hairs,’” Cabrera said with a laugh. “It’s just nice to be there and support them and be able to see them outside of the hospital, which is completely different.” 

This year’s ambassador family for the event had a baby born at 23 weeks, weighing in at a mere 1 pound and 2 ounces, she said.

“I have to give credit to the parents, they were very involved in her care, and I think that makes a huge difference,” Cabrera said.

Overall, Ward said, it’s a rewarding day of celebration for all.

“It’s always good to go out and see some of those babies after they’ve been through so much,” she said.


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