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Get Ready To Walk!

22 Apr Posted by Online Fundraising

Get ready for March for Babies this weekend in more than 200 communities across the country. Rain or shine, millions of March of Dimes fundraisers are gearing up to join family, friends, colleagues, neighbors and others to walk, celebrate and raise funds for stronger, healthier babies.

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From celebrities and local elected officials to your neighbor down the street, caring individuals like you have helped drive the mission of the March of Dimes to a long, rich history of success. Founded in 1938, the March of Dimes continues to fund critical, lifesaving research and medical breakthroughs that benefit countless people around the world. We also connect with moms and moms-to-be through our websites, printed materials, videos and community programs, and offer information and comfort to families with a baby in newborn intensive care. Today, we fight the crisis of premature birth, which affects 1 of every 9 babies born in the United States. Help put an end to this and other health problems that threaten our babies. Come out and walk, donate and raise money as we work together for stronger, healthier babies. Thank you!

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Find a walk

18 Mar Posted by Online Fundraising

Are you registered yet? March for Babies events take place in hundreds of cities and towns across the country, so there’s sure to be a site near you. To find one, visit the homepage of and scroll down to the box that says, “Find a local event.” Just enter your ZIP code, and you’ll get a list of events in your area. Join your family, neighbors and co-workers for a great cause: helping babies get a healthy start in life. When you raise $1,000 or more, you’ll become a member of our Circle of Champions and earn some great incentive gifts.


Whether you walk on your own, with a few friends or family members, or a large company team, you can feel great about raising money for research and programs that help moms have full-term pregnancies and healthy babies.


Everything you need to get started is right here at Join us!

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Getting Started

3 Mar Posted by Online Fundraising

It’s March for Babies season, when we start looking ahead to the freshness of spring and walking to help babies. While the number of babies born too soon has gone down for 7 years in a row, more than 450,000 babies are born prematurely every year in the United States. Families need our help right now! The money you raise will support research into the causes and preventions for premature birth so that more babies can be born healthy and strong.


Whether you register as an individual fundraising walker or part of a team, you’re making a difference for moms and babies everywhere. If you haven’t already done so, why not get started with a donation to yourself? It shows your family and friends that you believe in the cause you’re fundraising for, and it feels great to see the first donation on your personal fundraising dashboard! Ask those friends and family members to raise money and walk with you and make an even bigger impact!

The earlier you start, the more time you have to fundraise! Set a goal of $1,000 or more, and be a member of our Circle of Champions. You will earn some exciting incentive gifts. Thank you for joining us!


Cheers for Elijah!

30 Jan Posted by MODCS


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Elise Jackson of Chicago was healthy and doing everything right when her water broke halfway through her pregnancy. After 5 weeks of bed rest in the hospital and careful monitoring, she and her husband, Todd, welcomed their son into the world on 5/8/02 at 25 weeks.

He weighed just over a pound and was 11 inches long, which is the length of a sheet of paper. Everything happened so suddenly, explains Elise, that “there wasn’t time for me to take in the magnitude of the situation — the birth of my only child, the fact that he arrived months earlier than expected, and the incredibly long journey ahead for our family.”

Elijah spent 7 months in a newborn intensive care unit where he had heart surgery and received treatment for respiratory and digestive problems, anemia and jaundice. When his happy parents finally took him home, he continued to be monitored with a feeding tube, respiratory support and a trach in his throat to help him breathe easier. Elijah’s medical bills totaled more than $1.2 million.

Today, at 12, Elijah is a student and basketball fan. As he continues to overcome challenges, he inspires others, especially his parents. Elise, a March of Dimes volunteer for 10 years, rallies her colleagues at United year round, while Todd, a member of March of Dimes national service partner Phi Beta Sigma, Inc., also helps lead the local March for Babies® walks and their family team. As the 2015 National Ambassador, Elijah and his parents will travel the country to share his story and raise awareness of premature birth.

See Elijah’s story here

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Thank you Kmart!

28 Jul Posted by Online Fundraising

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The results are in – and they’re amazing! Kmart’s Shop Your Way members, customers and associates have donated a record-breaking $11 million this year to the March of Dimes through their March for Babies fundraising campaign!

Kmart has been our #1 partner for 31 years and has raised more than $125 million for stronger, healthier babies!

Thank you Kmart!


Research shows big results for little lives

21 May Posted by Volunteers

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Guest blog post by: Tyrrell Schmidt, Executive Chair, Cigna March of Dimes 2014 Campaign

In 2014, the Cigna team is celebrating the 20th year of their national partnership with the March of Dimes and sponsorship of March for Babies. During this time, Cigna, the Cigna Foundation and the people of Cigna have contributed nearly $28.5 million to the March of Dimes. Cigna employees have led the way through their service on local March of Dimes chapter boards.

I am deeply proud of Cigna’s partnership with the March of Dimes. What makes our work together so special is the personal investment I’ve seen our employees make in the partnership. Over the past 20 years, the team has committed time and resources to help the March of Dimes make major improvements in prenatal care and support moms in having full-term pregnancies and healthy babies.

At Cigna, we are extremely proud of our Healthy Pregnancies, Healthy Babies® program for customers, which is based on information from the March of Dimes. In fact, nearly 90 percent of Cigna customers surveyed stated the Healthy Pregnancies, Healthy Babies® program helped them take better care of their health. It’s just one way the March of Dimes and Cigna are working together to make a big difference in the lives of the tiniest babies and their families.

Recently, I was struck by new research showing that bans on smoking in public places and the workplace in North America have contributed to a 10 percent drop in premature births. This new research is definitely a first step in the right direction, but we know that there is more work to be done. We are proud to support the March of Dimes as they continue to work with policy-makers at the highest level who recognize the need to implement laws like public smoking bans that support the development of healthy mothers and their babies. Together, the March of Dimes and Cigna are working to help more babies get a healthy start in life.

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Thank you National March for Babies Sponsors!

16 May Posted by Online Fundraising


A big, huge THANK YOU to our National March for Babies Sponsors for working together for stronger, healthier babies and making this year’s event another huge success for families across the country! We appreciate your dedication to the March of Dimes mission!


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WASHINGTON, DC, MAY 1, 2014 – (From left) LaVerne Council, chair of the March of Dimes Board of Trustees; Jill Teeters, mom of March of Dimes 2014 National Ambassador Aidan Lamothe; Aidan, age 6; and David Lamothe, his dad, all of Manchester, NH; Tim Austin, Senior Vice President Retail Services-Kmart, Sears Holdings Corporation and 2014 National Chairman of March for Babies; and Dr. Jennifer L. Howse, President of the March of Dimes, at the White House prior to a private meeting with President Barack Obama in the Oval Office today.

These national volunteers represented the March of Dimes and the nearly 500,000 babies born prematurely each year. Their visit continues the March of Dimes 68-year tradition of National Ambassador visits to the White House. March of Dimes National Ambassadors have met with every U.S. President since President Harry S. Truman.

To learn more about our National Ambassador Aidan Lamothe, please visit our website.


Los Angeles Marches for Babies!

27 Apr Posted by Volunteers

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Yesterday at Exposition Park in Los Angeles celebrity volunteer Hilary Duff got ready to march for babies alongside Los Angeles MFB Host Crystal Egger from NBC4, our 2014 March of Dimes National Ambassador six-year-old Aidan Lamothe, and local leaders of our top national Team Kmart!

Thanks everyone who walked yesterday for babies!


25 Apr Posted by Linda

The March of Dimes is thrilled to commemorate our special 20 year partnership with Cigna this year. A champion for babies, Cigna produced this super-cute & adorable video this year for March for Babies.

The video features Kaden Repoli, the 2014 March of Dimes Greater Hartford Ambassador, training for his March for Babies walk! Born almost four months early, Kaden weighed merely 1 pound 6 ounces. While in the NICU, Kaden received surfactant, a therapy developed with research funded by the March of Dimes.

We hope you enjoy this video as we appreciate our partner, Cigna, and their dedication to supporting the mission of the March of Dimes!

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