HERMISTON -The Hermiston Amateur Ham Radio Club kept an eye on walkers during the Saturday morning March of Dimes walk.

"If people are too pooped to pop we arrange for them to be taken back to the starting point," said Pete Young, who manned the first of five checkpoint.

The club had about eight of its 16 members help with the event. Young said the group helps with many community events such as the walk, the fair, CSEPP, and the Irrigon watermelon festival.

Saturday's walk began at McKenzie Park where close to 100 walkers started on the route.

"They will go close to three miles by the time they finish. The money is raised by people collecting flat pledges before the walk," said James Clabo, who volunteered at the registration table.

The money raised goes toward helping prevent premature births. According to the March of Dimes website, their mission is to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects and infant mortality.

Participants Terrasa Graham, 9, and sister April, 7, came up with their mother to check in with Young.

"We slept in an hour," they said. "So we're going the short part."


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