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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

Online Fundraising

Thank you Kmart!

28 Jul Posted by Online Fundraising

Visalia CA

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!

Volunteers

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.

Online Fundraising

Thank you National March for Babies Sponsors!

16 May Posted by Online Fundraising

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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.

Volunteers

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!

Linda

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!

Linda

Singer and actress Hilary Duff, two-time Super Bowl MVP Eli Manning, supermodel Niki Taylor, and 3 million super volunteers and 20,000 companies have one common goal: they all March for Babies to help give every baby a healthy start.

Celebrities are again lending their star power to bring attention to this year’s March for Babies, the March of Dimes premier fundraising event that will take place in 700 communities in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico at the end of April.

For more than 75 years the March of Dimes has helped moms and babies. From Frank Sinatra to Super Bowl quarterback Joe Namath, major stars always have supported the Foundation’s work for stronger, healthier babies. Nearly 4 million babies are born each year in the United States and the March of Dimes has helped each and every one through cutting-edge research, education, vaccines, and breakthroughs.

March for Babies has been held annually since 1970 and has raised a combined total of more than $2.3 billion to help all babies get a healthy start in life. The goal for this year’s event is to raise more than $106 million.

“Thanks to all our volunteers. The support we receive from every volunteer is invaluable and celebrity support always has been a hallmark of our history,” says Dr. Jennifer L. Howse, president of the March of Dimes. “Today, thousands of companies and millions of people, including celebrities, sports stars, community leaders and families of babies born prematurely help support the March of Dimes work for stronger, healthier babies. I urge everyone to get involved with March for Babies by visiting marchforbabies.org.”

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March of Dimes volunteers and staff visited the TODAY show this morning to raise awareness about upcoming March for Babies walks! Decked out in purple, volunteers brought posters showing their stories. Briana and Matthew Tortoso spoke with TODAY show correspondent Dylan Dreyer about their son JohnCarlo born 12 weeks early and shared that they are walking this weekend. It was a chilly morning but a great opportunity to help raise awareness about the March of Dimes mission!

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Volunteers

March for Babies Day Checklist!

23 Apr Posted by Volunteers

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With March for Babies in less than week, it’s time to get ready for the big day!

Before March for Babies:
Pack the essentials – fully charged cell phone, your team contact list (with phone numbers), team T-shirts and Band-Aids. Be sure to check the weather and back needed supplies based on the forecast (raincoat, umbrella, sunscreen, etc.)

Send a reminder to your team about the big day, including when and where you will meet at March for Babies, the forecast and needed weather supplies, and, of course, thanking them for their hard work. Planning celebrate your success following March for Babies? Be sure to include that in your reminder as well.

Looking for an opportunity to boost Team Spirit? Host a t-shirt and/or sign making party (perhaps at your next Team Meeting or after school) and, as a team, create signs and shirts for March for Babies. This is a great way to build excitement for the big day as well as promote your team’s success at March for Babies!

Following March for Babies:
Thank everyone who helped! Send letters, emails or visit those who donated in person, thanking them for their support. Be sure to let them know how much was raised and how important their efforts were. Encourage your team members to do the same!

Did a local business support your team? Give them an extra boost by thanking them personally and through social media (Facebook, Twitter, etc.).

Celebrate your success! Post photos of you and your team at March for Babies, along with your final fundraising totals, online, in class and throughout school. With administrative approval, ask to announce your success during morning announcements. Celebrate team members and top fundraisers with a picnic or party.

Have a great March for Babies and be sure to share your success and team photos with Team Youth on Facebook, on Twitter (#marchforbabies; #teamyouth), and/or by emailing teamyouth@marchofdimes.com.

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