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WalkAmerica date changed
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Citing the numerous activities taking place in Statesboro and Bulloch County in April, the March of Dimes has rescheduled the Statesboro WalkAmerica for Saturday, March 31 at Mill Creek Regional Park.
    "The people in Statesboro want to help the March of Dimes save babies, and we hope that by moving our event to March, our teams won't be forced to choose among so many worthy causes to support," said Carol Simons, 2007 Bulloch County WalkAmerica committee member.
    Last year's Walk raised $23,140 and organizers are hoping that by moving the event to march, they can increase the total. In fact, this year's goal is $35,000.
    Karen Stackhouse, community director for the March of Dimes in Savannah, said participation in the Walk had been dwindling over the past few years as other events in April have taken people away.
    "The original time we had it in April was the same time as Relay for Life and we felt like we were forcing teams to choose what worthy cause to support," Stackhouse said.
    Money raised by WalkAmerica goes to the March of Dimes to support research into causes and preventions of premature births and birth defects. More than 120,000 babies are born each year with serious birth defects, many of which can lead to a lifetime of disability.
    Stackhouse hopes by getting more people involved with the March of Dimes, those statistics can be lowered as more money is available for research.
    "We want to see Bulloch County's Walk be as successful as possible," she said.
    Stackhouse said people are encouraged to continue fund raising after the Walk. In fact, she said efforts continue through November.
    Those interested in participating in the walk or making a contribution to the March of Dimes can call Stackhouse at (912) 354-5900 or email her at
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