BATON ROUGE, La. – A group dedicated to the aid and recovery of weight-loss surgery patients joined a national fight against infant prematurity. Members of NooMee, a Baton Rouge support group, raised money during the March of Dimes WalkAmerica, but they also hoped to raise awareness of the plight of those battling obesity, team captain Frances Spencer said.
Kathryn Mixon, March of Dimes Capital Area division director, said the late April walk brought together teams and individual walkers from the Capital Area’s eight-parish region and started and finished on the grounds of Louisiana State University. Mixon said despite rain and a bleak weather forecast, more than 2,500 walkers participated in the event. Early estimates showed that up to 4,000 walkers would participate.
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Note: I'm very proud of the efforts of my family and the other NooMee families who responded wonderfully to the plight of children in need. A special thanks to the doctors and staff of the Minimally Invasive Surgical Institute for their encouragement and excellent support of this cause. NooMee's efforts were also features in the special fitness issue of ObesityHelp Magazine.