MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – A Twin Cities mom has taken a medical crisis with her daughter and turned it into a crusade to improve the lives of newborns around the world.

Annamarie Saarinen is the President of the Newborn Foundation and is just back from speaking at the UN.

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She visited WCCO This Morning to discuss the Newborn Foundation.

The Newborn Foundation helps parents with early detection and intervention of a number of treatable newborn health conditions.

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To help raise support for their cause, the foundation is hosting a Babies and Badasses Gala on Saturday!

The Newborn Foundation Awards Gala begins at 6 p.m. at the International Market Square in Minneapolis.

Tickets start at $195

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For more information, or to purchase tickets, visit The Newborn Foundation online.