More than 600 people Saturday raised $100,000 at March for Babies, the March of Dimes 2.5-mile fundraiser walk at Jennings Beach.

Nine March for Babies events took place last weekend in Connecticut, aiming to raise more than $1.1 million.

Funds raised by March for Babies help support prenatal wellness programs, research grants, neonatal intensive care unit family support programs and advocacy efforts for stronger, healthier babies.

In November, the March of Dimes issued its third premature birth report card, giving the nation a D and Connecticut a C. Babies born too soon are more likely to die or have disabilities. The March of Dimes works to reduce the toll by funding research to find the answers to premature birth and providing comfort and information to families who are affected.

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