(SHREVEPORT) – A baby’s first steps are one of the most precious moments in life, and the March of Dimes believes every baby deserves a healthy first step. Take your own first steps by joining March for Babies and make sure more babies get that chance. The Superhero themed, March for Babies is a 1.5 mile march that will be held at the Loyola Athletic Complex on Saturday, April 29, 2017.

It’s a family-friendly event with inflatables, face painting, KnockerBall, kid’s crafts, food, and appearances by Disney princess’ Elsa and Anna, Belle and the Fairy Godmother, along with Spiderman, and SpongeBob.

Registration will begin at 9 a.m. and the walk begins at 10 a.m. Don’t forget to dress as a superhero or wear your team’s March for Babies T-shirt.

Money raised from the event goes to support research, services, education and advocacy in the fight against prematurity, birth defects and infant mortality. This years event is sponsored by: Blue Cross Blue Shield of Louisiana, CenterPoint Energy, The Shreveport Times, Brookshire’s and Super One Foods, Willis Knighton Medical Center, Christus Health System, AEP SWEPCO, and Raising Canes.

Premature birth is the No. 1 killer of babies in the United States. Those who survive an early birth may have lifelong health problems such as cerebral palsy, vision and hearing loss, and learning disabilities.

The March of Dimes, the leading nonprofit organization for maternal and infant health, has worked for more than 75 years to help babies get a healthy start in life. About 4 million babies were born in the United States last year, and the March of Dimes helped each and every one through research, vaccines, education, and breakthroughs. Interested walkers and donors can visit to sign up as an individual or family, start a team, or donate.

For more information about March for Babies, contact Kendall Payne at 318-751-9225 or kepayne@marchofdimes.orgAbout the March of Dimes For more than 75 years, moms and babies have benefited from March of Dimes research, education, vaccines, and breakthroughs. Find out how you can help raise funds to prevent premature birth and birth defects by walking in March for Babies at Find us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter. The 2017 March for Babies is sponsored nationally by the March of Dimes number one corporate supporter Kmart, Famous Footwear, Macy’s, Cigna, United Airlines, and Publix.