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WEST MONROE, La. (KNOE 8 News) - A path to a healthier life for the little ones is off to a great start this year at the 2013 March for Babies.

Families took to the streets for healthier babies this morning for the yearly March of Dimes.

"He's sitting up, he's playing, he's vocalizing, he's just wonderful," says a mother of a premature child.

What may seem like normal development for a growing 16-month-old, Jill Aldy says is a blessing.

"Gaines was born at 36 weeks, it was an emergency C-section, the cord was around his neck twice," says Aldy.

Born premature, Gaines was rushed to the NICU at St. Francis, where he was the first patient to use a cooling blanket provided by the March of Dimes.

"It helps to reduce your core temperature," says Aldy, "it's going to help stop any further brain damage."

The cooling blanket, along with medicine and physical therapy three days a week, allowed Gaines to do something incredible at the March of Dimes. For the first time without his family's hands helping push him along in his walker, Gaines walked.

As Gaines took those true baby steps and the crowds cheered for him, his face lit up and the little boy couldn't stop smiling.

"Oh my gosh, he's never done this before!" Aldy said watching her baby use his walker on his own for the first time.

March of Dimes set out 75 years ago to work for stronger, healthier babies and today, with a smile on his face, Gaines is one of them.

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