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      Hundreds run for babies in Neonatal Intensive Care Unit

      The event is all about raising awareness, and funds for Munson Medical Center's Neonatal Intensive Care Unit that specializes in taking care of ill or premature newborn infants.

      Hundreds of runners took to the pavement on Saturday for a special 5K that raises money for Munson Medical Center's tiniest patients, babies.

      It's called Running for Babies, and it took place on the grounds of Grand Traverse Commons where more than 3-hundred participants took part.

      Organizers say the event is all about raising awareness, and funds for Munson Medical Center's Neonatal Intensive Care Unit that specializes in taking care of ill or premature newborn infants.

      "We've got some people that are NICU babies themselves running today," said co-founder, Diane Frechette. "We've had a lot of families come today that spent months in the NICU with their babies hoping that they would make it and we have a lot of families here who have lost babies and this is their chance to honor them and do something in their name."

      This was the 3rd annual Running for Babies event. The run has already raised more than $20,000 that is used to purchase equipment that helps babies survive troubled births.