Growing up with the March Of Dimes

Friday, March 9, 2012

On Thursday, March 1, Marshall Medical Center hosted the annual kickoff for the March of Dimes March for Babies Event. A crowded room filled with excited volunteers set the tone for the evening.

This year, former ambassadors are returning to jump-start the fundraising in Marshall County. Each ambassador is living proof of how their lives have been touched by the March of Dimes.

The March of Dimes Foundation is a United States nonprofit organization that works to improve the health of mothers and babies. It was originally founded by then-President Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1938 to combat polio. The mission of the March of Dimes is to improve the health of babies by

preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality. More than half a million babies are born prematurely each year. Premature birth is the number one killer of newborns.

March for Babies is the largest fundraiser of the year for the March of Dimes. Funds raised by the event support sponsored research and other programs to prevent premature birth and birth defects. A special thanks to local corporate sponsors which underwrite the cost of the walk. They are: First Farmers & Merchants Bank, Marshall Medical Center, Walker Die Casting, Woolys Off Road, Fast Pace Urgent Care, Charter Communications, McDaniel Pest Control, Richardson Properties and WAXO Radio and TV.

In Marshall County, March for Babies will be held Saturday, April 21, at the Lewisburg Recreation Center.

Registration begins at 8 a.m. and the walk will begin at 9 a.m. There will be kids' activities, music and refreshments.

Contact Brenda Wolaver at 359-6222 for more information.