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Fighting for their life the day they enter the world.

Research through the March of Dimes reveals more than a million babies born premature each year will die before they're even a month old.     

"So many babies are born premature and we just want all babies to be born healthy and have a healthy start," said Tera Dillow, organizer of the March for Dimes Walk in Beckley on Saturday.

Chandler Wolford was one of the lucky ones. Two pounds at birth, he is walking at the March of Dimes walk in Beckley Saturday to give hope to the millions of mothers with pre-term infants.

"My mom said I was almost like a Barbie doll kind of because I was that small," said Wolford.

While Wolford grew up to live a full and healthy life, others are not as fortunate.

"My son was born february of last year and he was diagnosed with a heart defect when he was just five days old. He spent almost three months in the hospital and passed away shortly after his heart surgery," said Ruth Caruths of Beckley.

Caruth is one of the dozens walking Saturday to show what can be accomplished through collective action.

"There are medications that we use now, treatments that are so good. Babies that are born early have a much better chance at survival and thriving. Sometimes we have developmental delays. Help these families get a head start on their baby's life, and to remain healthy through their first few years of life," adds Dillow.

Raleigh General Hospital, MSU, Beckley ARH, Chick-fil-a, One Main Financial, Alpha Natural Resources and Dominoes were among the sponsors participating in Saturday's walk.