When it comes to Marching for the March of Dimes, just about anyone is willing to help
"Kids love Star Wars characters, they love the movies, so it helps bring them out, keep them happy."
Hundreds of marchers came out hoping their strides would help the March of Dimes make strides toward healthier babies.
"I love how the community comes together. I think it is important to support your community, in your community to give back in some way, and what better way than to help cute babies." said Vanessa Tripp, an Ambassador Mother with the March of Dimes.
"The kids have a big celebration, and we just ask everyone to come out, and it's all for the kids. All money for the March of Dimes goes toward research to save babies, primarily research for pre-maturity," said the March of Dimes Lesley Greenfield.
For many moms, the event reminded them about the hardships they went through, and how the charity helped their new families stay healthy.
"What the March of Dimes does is tries to help no other mom go through what we went through. My daughter is here today. The night she was born they said, we will be lucky if she makes it through the night. She's doing great. She's running around here like wild woman and dancing with all the little characters and in the bounce house. We are very, very lucky," added another Ambassador Mom, Anna Eady.
Vanessa Tripp's daughter Olivia was one of a set of twins that needed life saving care.
"I didn't know how serious it was until hours later and I went to the NICU and I saw them for the first time and they were on a breathing machine and a feeding tube. The March of Dimes came though for me just by all the fund raising and the research that they've done for all of these years. They had this drug that really was a life saver. At the time of need when I needed it the most, they were there for us and helped us complete our family and save our kids lives."
Thanks to events like this, the local March of Dimes expects to raise more than $200,000 this year. Chattanooga March Of Dimes