by: Natalie Pasquarella Updated:CHARLOTTE, N.C. —
Thousands of people will walk in uptown Charlotte in the annual March for Babies.
One of them is a little girl who's one of the top fundraisers in the area.
Molly Sutphin is rarely seen without a purple bucket by her side. The 6-year-old has spent months collecting money for Charlotte’s March for Babies, an event that supports research into premature births.
The Sutphins got involved after Molly's complicated birth in 2008.
Doctors delivered her three months early.
"We had Molly by emergency C-section, and she was 1 pound 14 ounces when she was born,” said mother Erika Sutphin.
Molly's dad was worried about both mom and baby.
"The doctors made it very clear that they were both extremely sick and you know things were going to happen quickly and they were going to do as much as they could but be prepared to go either way," he said.
"A lot of the care she received in the NICU goes straight back to March of Dimes. It's from the research that they did, and it became something that we became very passionate about very quick, because they helped her come home healthy,” Erika Sutphin said.
Molly even has her own fundraising page. She's raised more than $2,600.
"She’s gone to women's club meetings with me. We've taken it on trips when we've gone to visit family,” said Erika Sutphin.
Molly's parents can't wait to march for the babies who are just like Molly was, “She's helping so that babies can grow up and be just like her and healthy! And we're so grateful!"
Here is a link to Molly Sutphin's March for Babies page.
To register for the March for Babies, click here.