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      'USC for Babies' helping fight against premature births

      Those who signed up put purple hand prints on a banner showing their support for premature infants.

      COLUMBIA (WACH) -- Students at the University of South Carolina are working to raise money for the fight against premature births.

      The group USC for Babies hosted a March of Dimes event Wednesday on campus with a station where people could sign up to participate in the Midlands March for Babies, happening later this month.

      Those who signed up put purple hand prints on a banner showing their support for premature infants.

      Proceeds from the Midlands March for Babies run/walk on April 27 will go towards the March of Dimes, helping babies get a healthy start to life.

      "The walk is going to encompass everyone from the greater Columbia area, so not just USC students, and we're going to be walking...around six miles -- or you can do a half walk," said Donnie Iorio with USC for Babies. "And the whole point is to fund-raise and raise money for the March of Dimes."

      Students with USC for Babies plan to use their purple hand printed banner during their walk in the Midlands March for Babies.