An eastern Iowa fifth grader is on a mission to help babies who are born too soon.
Gabe Wright was born six weeks premature and spent two weeks in the Newborn Intensive Care Unit, he wants to help raise money for research through the March of Dimes to prevent premature birth so premature babies don’t face the same obstacles he did.
“Last year Gabe took a coin purse and went around our neighborhood and collected $20, and this year I said Gabe what do you want to do,” said Amy Wright.
This year he aimed a little bigger, he put cans in 20 classrooms at his elementary school and asked the students to donate loose change. His original goal was to raise $75 for the 75th Anniversary of the March of Dimes.
In just a month, the students raised $302.
“They were very generous. Some of my friends donated $10, and my friend donated $30,” he said.
Gabe’s not just inspiring his classmates, he also inspired his mom to go back to school to become a labor and delivery NICU nurse.
“Even an 11-year-old can change the world. I think that’s what we’ve all learned,” said Amy Wright.
The central Iowa March of Dimes walk will be held May 11th at the DMACC Ankeny Campus.
Thanks to our sister station KWWL for this story.