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20 Apr
Linda

Soldiers for Babies

Posted by Linda
Jay and his March for Babies team

Jay and his March for Babies team in Iraq

For the past eight years, Sgt. 1st Class Jay Monismith of Charlotte, North Carolina, has walked in March for Babies with his family in memory of his niece Sarah. She was born with a severe heart defect and didn’t survive.

 
This year, Jay’s serving in Iraq. He’s not the kind to let a war stop him from doing what feels right and so, with the precision of a military operation, he has planned his own March for Babies event on the base.

 

Fundraising on a military base is not allowed, but Jay’s family and friends helped spread the word at home and money started coming in to their Soldiers for Babies page. The team is still accepting donations. Sponsors also helped out by sending T-shirts and sports bottles.

 

Last Friday, April 16, a beautiful and hot day in Iraq, Jay and 125 other soldiers donned their March for Babies T-shirts and reported for duty at 6:30 a.m. sharp. They didn’t walk – they ran their 5-mile route! All in honor of little Sarah, their own babies and every baby born in America.

 

Jay and his unit are finishing their deployment in the next few weeks. We thank them for their tremendous efforts and wish them a safe journey home.

18 Apr
Volunteers

Shawn Johnson at NASDAQ for March for Babies

Shawn Johnson at NASDAQ for March for Babies

Shawn Johnson, 2008 Olympic gold medalist and March of Dimes celebrity volunteer, distributed teddy bears provided by the March of Dimes number one corporate supporter Kmart to moms at the Institute for Family Health on Thursday.

The moms were participants in a March of Dimes-sponsored group prenatal care program that has successfully reduced C-sections, preterm births and low birthweight babies.

Check out more photos from the day’s events!

Shown here with Shawn are Leslie Salas and her baby Andrew Mercado.

Shown here with Shawn are Leslie Salas and her baby Andrew Mercado.


Earlier in the day, Mark Snyder, Kmart's chief marketing officer (center), rang the NASDAQ MarketSite(r) Opening Bell to celebrate Kmart's 27 years of support for March for Babies, the event that helps give every baby a healthy start in life. He's joined by (front row, l to r.); Debra Robinson, NASDAQ OMX Group, Inc., managing director Global Corporate Client Group; Shawn Johnson, 2008 Olympic gold medalist and March of Dimes celebrity volunteer; Gretchen Carlson, co-anchor of Fox & Friends and March of Dimes celebrity volunteer; and Bruce E. Aust, executive vice president, Global Corporate Client Group, NASDAQ OMX Group, Inc.

Earlier in the day, Mark Snyder, Kmart's chief marketing officer (center), rang the NASDAQ MarketSite(r) Opening Bell to celebrate Kmart's 27 years of support for March for Babies, the event that helps give every baby a healthy start in life. He's joined by (front row, l to r.); Debra Robinson, NASDAQ OMX Group, Inc., managing director Global Corporate Client Group; Shawn Johnson, 2008 Olympic gold medalist and March of Dimes celebrity volunteer; Gretchen Carlson, co-anchor of Fox & Friends and March of Dimes celebrity volunteer; and Bruce E. Aust, executive vice president, Global Corporate Client Group, NASDAQ OMX Group, Inc.

15 Apr
Linda

Check it out!


The March of Dimes with Kmart and celebrity guests Gretchen Carlson and Shawn Johnson at the NASDAQ opening bell.
More details and pictures to follow!  Tune in if you can!

UPDATE: Check out the official photos of the opening. And see 2008 Olympic gold medalist and March of Dimes celebrity volunteer, Shawn Johnson, distributing teddy bears provided by the March of Dimes number one corporate supporter Kmart to moms at the Institute for Family Health.

14 Apr
Volunteers

Today’s message comes from Kelly Clarkson, March of Dimes Team Youth Celebrity Spokesperson and longtime March of Dmes supporter!

March for Babies is almost here. I always look forward to this. It’s great to see so many people coming together to help babies.

Thanks so much for joining us and for all your hard work. And thanks as well to your friends who are walking with you or who made a donation. Keep up the fundraising!

I can’t wait for March for Babies day, when we show our support for the March of Dimes across the country — what an awesome thing!

All the best,
Kelly Clarkson
Worldwide Recording Artist and March of Dimes Team Youth Celebrity Ambassador
Check out my March for Babies page!

Looking for fundraising ideas? Check out the Team Youth Toolkit (pdf).

13 Apr
Linda

I can’t tell you how many times I come to MarchforBabies.org to look up a friend’s personal page and their URL goes right out of my head. Thank goodness for the search box on the home page!  It is one of the easiest ways to find a personal page on MarchforBabies.org.


All walkers have the option of hiding or showing your page in the search results. Do you show up?  To check your settings:

  1. 1. Login to your account
  2. 2. Go to your personal dashboard
  3. 3. Click EDIT PROFILE
  4. 4. Scroll down to the bottom and choose “Show my personal page in March for Babies search results?” (Yes/No)
  5. 5. Save your changes
12 Apr
Volunteers

March of Dimes National Ambassador Joshua Hoffman (center, dark shirt), his brother Alex, and parents Melanie and Lee Hoffman met Joe Gibbs (rear, center), owner of the FedEx NASCAR team at the Phoenix International Raceway Saturday where the #11 FedEx Office Toyota Camry with March for Babies® logo raced. Denny Hamlin drove the car in the Subway Fresh Fit 600, helping to raise awareness of March for Babies, the event that helps babies get a healthy start in life. Watch video of Joshua at the race and read more about his exciting day at marchofdimes.com/joshfightsforpreemies.

And make sure you check out Denny’s message about the March of Dimes!

7 Apr
Volunteers

Today’s guest post comes from Amber, March of Dimes Team Youth intern.

As an intern at the March of Dimes as well as a college athlete, I have seen so many opportunities present themselves for ways to involve my fellow student athletes in March for Babies.

Many college athletic teams band together in a community service project and what better project to work on than the March for Babies! As the weather breaks for spring, getting campus athletic teams involved is a nice way to simultaneously complete your team bonding & community service project as well as fundraise for an incredible event that will without a doubt benefit some of them some day.

Make sure you let your teammates know about your team page, and encourage them to add the Facebook app too to grow their fundraising.

Amber and fellow soccer player & Team Youth intern Mariel dedicate countless hours to making sure youth volunteers have resources and ideas for their March for Babies campaigns across the country.

Youth, let us know what you are doing that is successfull! Not a student? Consider inviting your alma mater to join your March for Babies team – make it a fundraising-filled reunion!

6 Apr
Linda

As March for Babies season kicks into full gear, here is some good news!

A Message from Dr. Jennifer L. Howse, President of the March of Dimes:

I am pleased to report that thanks to your volunteer efforts, we have begun to make progress in our national campaign to reduce premature birth. As you will see in this news release, the 2008 preliminary preterm birth rate fell by 3%. We have reached a tipping point — this is the second year in a row that the rate has declined after more than three decades of relentless increases. This means that in 2008, thousands more families had healthy, full-term babies because of your great work. I hope that you will join me today in celebrating the progress that we have made, and in renewing your commitment to the many families who still need our help. The opportunity to save thousands more lives is within our grasp as we move forward together in 2010 and the years ahead.

6 Apr
Linda

LaVerne Council is Vice President and Chief Information Officer at Johnson & Johnson and a member of the March of Dimes Board of Trustees. Her own son, Troy, was born prematurely and is his mom’s inspiration.

LaVerne is a force in the fight for healthy babies. She’s a March for Babies top walker and we’re so grateful of her support. And we’re thankful of yours as well!

3 Apr
Volunteers

Maggie Thompson, the Charleston March for Babies – Team Medical University of South Carolina Ambassador Family, speaks out about how she has been touched by the March of Dimes. Maggie works hard every day spreading the mission of the March of Dimes and looks forward to celebrating at March for Babies on April 24!

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