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27 Apr

WellPoint Sends 600 Volunteers!

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Thank You WellPoint!

Thank You WellPoint!

Each year, WellPoint (the nation’s largest health benefits company) encourages their associates to participate in Community Service Day. Lucky for us, March of Babies is an event chosen by WellPoint given our shared goals to improve the health of families.


On Saturday, 400 WellPoint volunteers helped with everything from set up to clean up at 25 sites across the country. And…in Los Angeles, Leslie A. Margolin (President, Anthem Blue Cross in California – a WellPoint affiliate) led a team of 200 more WellPoint volunteers who walked and fundraised.


And…Anthem Blue Cross in California is a $50,000 sponsor in LA. Three great ways for our friends in the health care industry to partner with us for babies! Thanks, WellPoint!

26 Apr

We did it!

Posted by Linda

Just back in from March for Babies, Long Beach, NY. Feeling the burn, but we sure had a good time. The sun was out – and so were some 1,500 walkers (my conservative guess). Sure, there are much, much bigger walks, but for the board walk here, this was a nice crowd.


Lots of family teams, lot of strollers. And lots of little ones looking longingly at that gorgeous beach. Obviously, we went straight from the walk to the sand. And we weren’t the only ones.


My sister-in-law, who lives on the beach, served a delicious post-walk lunch and invited many of her neighbors. I’m actually munching on some tiramisu cake now… Her guests brought donations for our walk. And with that, we reached our goal. Thanks everyone!


Here are some of our pictures, the first one is of me and my son, Haden. I’ll put the whole set up on our Flickr group later. Hope you’ll do the same! Did you walk too this weekend? 





23 Apr
Doug Hawthorne, the CEO of Texas Health Resources and Chair of the Dallas March for Babies

Doug Hawthorne, the CEO of Texas Health Resources and Chair of the Dallas March for Babies

In just four cities alone (Dallas, Nashville, Phoenix & Tallahassee), some 40,000+ people participated in this past weekend’s March for Babies!  While it was a little damp in some areas it was a perfect sunny day in others!  Whether it rained or not these thousands of volunteers, including Doug Hawthorne, the CEO of Texas Health Resources and Chair of the Dallas March for Babies (pictured here) got up early to show their support of the March of Dimes!

If you walked in one of the 119 cities that held a March for Babies last weekend share with us your pictures and stories – we love to hear from you and see what a fun time you had!  Once again, thank you to EVERYONE that walked last weekend and we look forward to seeing more friends at this coming weekend’s April 25 & 26 March for Babies events!

23 Apr

The first walks took place this past weekend. One of them in Dallas, TX. And that’s where some of our team went as well- to take pictures and shoot video.


What an amazing event! And what a turn-out! Thanks to everyone there who showed up despite the clouds and the rain. We have so many pictures to go through still, but I did want to share a couple just to show you what a great time everyone had.






There are a ton of walks taking place this weekend. The national office team is walking on Sunday, in White Plains, NY. I did the walk here last year, but will be checking out the Long Beach, NY walk this year. My little boy is all excited. He can’t wait to wear his special March for Babies shirt. Weather predictions are awesome, and we may even be heading to the beach after!


I’ll definitely share some pictures of my walk, and I hope you’ll all do the same. We’ve set up a Flickr group for March for Babies ’09 where you can add your favorite pictures and comment on those of other walkers!


Where are you walking? Or did you walk already? Leave me a comment.

21 Apr

Bernie Sherry, CEO of Baptist Hospital and presenting sponsor of the Nashville March for Babies along with Nicole Kidman and the Turner family- Nashville's top Family Team - Photo by

The March of Dimes Tennessee Chapter was thrilled to host Oscar winning actress and Mom, Nicole Kidman. She took to the stage to inspire the crowd and kick off the festivities at the Nashville March for Babies.

As the mom of a healthy baby, Nicole told walkers she was delighted to be a part of the Nashville walk and thanked everyone for braving the rainy weather.

Prior to the kickoff program, she spent some time with special families and volunteers.

The March of Dimes would like to thank Nicole Kidman for helping to make the walk in Nashville a big success!

21 Apr
Kelly Clarkson & Alex Wallace

Kelly & Alex; Photo by

Congratulations Kelly Clarkson, March of Dimes National Team Youth Ambassador, who walked the entire route with her team at the Nashville March for Babies yesterday!

Despite the rain, Kelly was out with her cute green umbrella and March for Babies hat and had a great time. Go Kelly! Thanks for all that you do for the March of Dimes year-round! She also got to meet some special youth volunteers and ambassador families and hear their stories and why the March of Dimes is so important.

In the photo you see Kelly with top youth volunteer Alexandra Wallace from the March of Dimes Tennessee Chapter. What an awesome experience for Alexandra! The March of Dimes thanks Kelly Clarkson for her dedication to our cause – and to her leadership with the Foundation.

You can donate to Team Kelly Clarkson online to show your support at

21 Apr
Online Fundraising

Fundraising Made Easier

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Notice something new? We’ve used your feedback to make a few site improvements. When you log in to your dashboard page today, you’ll find quick links to fundraising tools and a better way to e-mail potential sponsors through your personal address book. We’ve also added features throughout the site to make it even easier to donate and to sign up to walk.
If you have any questions about these changes or ideas for future improvements, we want to hear from you! E-mail us at

16 Apr
The twitter challenge

The 100K Twitter challenge!

Hugh Jackman, who tweets as @RealHughJackman, has offered to give $100,000 to the charity of choice of the tweeter he feels makes the strongest, most heart-felt case. In 140 characters or less that is.

Thousands of people have already sent their tweets – among them many March of Dimes supporters. Thanks, everyone! Hugh’s announcing the winner on April 24, so get your tweet in now! Tell Hugh and everyone else why this cause means so much to you!

Looking good and doing good… Hugh Jackman certainly is the total package!

UPDATE:  Wondering what to Tweet?  Here are some examples:

@RealHughJackman Every waking moment I have with my babies I’m thankful for March of Dimes research.  We need your support to save more babies.

@RealHughJackman My kids walk, run, laugh and play thanks to March of Dimes efforts!  We need your to help give every baby a healthy start.

16 Apr

Walking with us for a second year, Camille Winbush of ABC Family’s “The Secret Life of the American Teen” has put together a message for all our walkers, especially our student teams! Check it out above.

In addition to joining us for March for Babies, Camille was able to visit our Volunteer Leadership Conference last fall and share encouragement with some of our top youth volunteers. Her continued participation is a great motivation to others and she wants to make sure our youth volunteers get involved with the March of Dimes by volunteering and fundraising. Thanks for all you do and feel free to send this message to others!

14 Apr

Purple for Maddie

Posted by Linda

Right now, a wonderful family is burying their little girl. National office is thinking about Heather and Mike.


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