Most of Linda Lappe's efforts are put toward trying to improve the Colorado women's basketball team.

There is another cause that is dear to Lappe's heart, though.

The CU head coach has spent part of her spring working with the March of Dimes to raise awareness and funding for babies who are born premature, or with birth defects.

On Saturday, the March for Babies walk will be held on the Duane Physics Lawn at CU. Lappe is the March for Babies ambassador.

"It's an organization that I think everybody has heard of," Lappe said of the March of Dimes. "What it stands for is pretty neat because we've all known babies that have been born premature; we've all known babies with birth defects; we have all known people who have lost newborns."

One of Lappe's current players, freshman Desiree Harris, was born three months premature. Lappe said she has also had several former teammates and players who have had children either born premature or with birth defects. That's why she was willing to help when the March of Dimes approached her about the cause.

"What this organization does is to try to bring about awareness of how to carry a baby full term, how to have a healthy pregnancy," Lappe said. "It helps families that are dealing with maybe a loss or a birth defect or even having a baby in the NICU. It's about raising money for research."

March for Babies is the largest fundraiser done by the March of Dimes. More than $150,000 was raised in Boulder County last year. The March of Dimes said that one out of every 10 babies born in Colorado is born prematurely.


"There's a lot of people that spend a lot of volunteer work and a lot of hours to really help that cause," Lappe said. "I'm just simply helping them be able to raise that awareness. The event this weekend is a fundraiser and our team will all be there.

"It's a good event and a great chance to relay the message for March of Dimes."

Saturday's event starts at 10 a.m., with registration at 9 a.m. Visit to sign up and start a team.

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