March of Dimes makes a stop in Grand Blanc

The Debernardi family is taking steps in the right direction at Bicentennial Park in Grand Blanc.

They say the march of dimes was there for them in their time of need and bringing their now healthy twin girls to the walk is a token of their gratitude.

"Being a mother, being in the hospital, this one was one pound so she was in the hospital for 90 days and this one for 40. She was 2 pounds 14 ounces and we were at the hospital every single day all day," said Lindsey Debernardi.

The march of dimes is dedicating their work to families like the Debernardi's. Each march bringing families out for different reasons.

"itâ??s kind of in memory of the struggles they had and all the help we got from the march of dimes,â?? said nick Debernardi.

The march of dimes reached out to Blakely and Lawson after being born at 31 weeks. But the organization says their expertise reaches much further.

"were about preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality so we try to stop bad things from happening,â?? said March of Dimes Division Director Darlene Chivinsky.

Blakely and Lawson Debernardi are putting in the legwork along with their parents to support the march's continuous effort.

"I still say, I look at them everyday and can't believe how far they made it. They are our little miracles,â?? said Lindsey.

Through research and technology the march of dimes says the definition of premature birth has changed, and mothers are expected to bear child for 10 months rather than 9.