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29 Mar
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Key Club Brings Together Students & March for Babies

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I grew up in Key Club, one of the youth national service partners for the March of Dimes, as a kid, so much so that walking to fight birth defects, prematurity, and infant mortality became a ritual. Today, as a sophomore in college, I can’t help but thank the March of Dimes for its role in my life as well as in the lives of many others.

While I may have not been born premature, it is easy for me to see the impact it has in the world around me. From my time in Key Club, I was able to serve the March of Dimes through bakes sales, car washes, advocacy campaigns, and of course March for Babies. However, nothing meant more to me then being able to speak in person with a family truly touched by the March of Dimes.

When I was visiting Denver, Colorado for our Key Club International Board Meeting two years ago, I was greeted by the smile of a young boy named Austin. To give you some history, Austin was born 3 months premature. He spent the first 2 months in a womb-like environment before being upgraded to an incubator, which his parent’s cleverly called the “Cadillac.” Because of the funds that our organization and others had donated, the March of Dimes was able to support much of the care and treatment that may have saved Austin’s life.

Being able to hear the family’s story firsthand, I could not help but be touched by the lasting impression the March of Dimes had made on their lives. This motivated me to continue to work with the March of Dimes beyond high school into college.

Today, I am able to serve our youth partners across the nation in their efforts to help babies born too soon, too small, or too sick to survive. I challenge the youth of our nation to recognize the benefits of having healthy mothers and healthy babies in our world and to do something to make these benefits become a reality.

For this reason, I ask you to join me in this year’s “March for Babies” at an area near you!

Today’s guest blog post comes from National Youth Council member Joe Schibi, a sophomore at Arizona State University in Phoenix, AZ.

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Key Club Brings Together Students & March for Babies

Comment by Matthew — April 12, 2010 @ 5:48 pm

Key Club and all of our national service partners are so important to MOD! Keep up the great work!!!

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