The March of Dimes holds a very special place in my heart. As a preemie who was born a month and a half premature and as a mom to a little boy who was also born a tad early, I know firsthand the importance of the March of Dimes and stand behind their fight to make sure that all babies have a chance at life.

If you're not really aware of March of Dimes, they're an incredible not-for-profit organization which offers programs to help moms succeed in having healthy and full-term pregnancies. They also offer resources and support to parents who have birthed babies before they reached full term, like me.

The CDC says that premature birth is the number one killer of babies and according to CBC News, more than 15 million babies are born prematurely around the world each year. In some cases, there's absolutely nothing that can be done to prevent a baby being born early, as was the case with my son. I had a medical emergency and it was critical that he be taken earlier than we would have liked. But in other cases, there are things that a woman can do to lengthen her pregnancy.

Jay Long

The March of Dimes is looking for people who stand behind them and their mission to research and find ways to prevent premature births by inviting you and your family to join them at their March for Babies on Sunday, May 21st at 10am at Otsiningo Park in Binghamton.

The March for Babies is a great opportunity to walk in support of friends, family, and co-workers who have personal experience with a baby being born early, with a baby with birth defects or who have experienced the loss of a baby.

Be sure to create a team or join one for the March for Babies walk on May 21 and support healthy Southern Tier babies!