March to restaurant can help March of Dimes

March of Dimes helps families with premature births

Published On: May 08 2013 07:30:28 AM CDT
Local families helped by March of Dimes
SAN ANTONIO -

You may have marched for years in the annual March of Dimes Walk, but maybe didn't know that those steps are resulting in help for some San Antonio families.

KSAT's Ursula Pari spoke with local families who have benefited from the March of Dimes. Parents say their children were odds on favorites to die when they were born.

Renee Garcia described her daughter Payson's story. "It was horrible. 26 weeks and her lungs aren't developed. She's only a pound, a pound and a half. It was just pure terror," said Garcia.

Then there's the Grant kids, who were both born too early for survival on their own.

"You have your baby shower and you think you're going to take this child home and you don't know if your child is going to make it through the night," said Alicia Grant, Kevin and Savannah's mother.

Grant soon learned, the March of Dimes Walk she participated in for years saved both her children's lives.

"I found out that the March of Dimes is the organization that funded the research for Surfactin, and if it weren't for Surfactin, both of my kids probably wouldn't be here today," said Grant.

There's another way to support the March of Dimes effort to raise money for premature babies.

On Wednesday May 8, Chili's restaurants will give 10 percent of the proceeds of every meal and drink sold where the March of Dimes is mentioned to the cause of premature babies.

The March of Dimes San Antonio Facebook page also wants to hear about your trip to Chili's Wednesday.

You can post a comment or picture, and be entered to win a Chili's gift card. The fundraiser starts at lunchtime Wednesday.