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19 Apr
When my son was born three (3) months early in 2006, the experience galvanized our resolve - Thomas A. Tatum

When my son was born three (3) months early in 2006, the experience galvanized our resolve. - Thomas A. Tatum

Today’s blog post comes from Team Captain for Eta Tau Lambda Chapter, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., Thomas A. Tatum. Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity is a March of Dimes National Service Partner, in which members raise over $250,000 annually to support our mission and educates thousands about prenatal care and prematurity. Tatum describes himself as not only a dedicated member of Alpha Phi Alpha, but also a March of Dimes Dad.

Each spring, the Men of the Akron Alumni Chapter (Eta Tau Lambda) of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. join nearly 1,700 people in the March for Babies at Akron’s Lock 3 Park. This annual event is the local March of Dimes largest fundraiser to provide support and education for families as we work together for stronger, healthier babies.

“Many of our chapter members have had a direct connection with premature births, including my family,” says Tatum. “When my son was born three (3) months early in 2006, the experience galvanized our resolve.” Tatum, his wife, Milistine, and daughter Lauren were blessed to welcome Thomas II (Tre’) in March of 2006. Tre’ spent the first 78 days of his life at the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Akron Children’s Hospital Medical Center. Milistine Tatum spent six weeks in Akron General on bed-rest prior to delivery. In the 7 years after his birth, Tre’ deals with some issues, but he continues to thrive.

The men of Eta Tau Lambda Chapter employ their network to assist in fundraising and engage their Education Foundation to provide matching funds to bolster their efforts. Thomas Tatum states, “The bottom line is to simply ask…an unopened mouth does not get fed!”

Thank you, Thomas for sharing your story and providing words of wisdom about the importance of asking. Encourage your team members to continue to ask for support from friends, family, colleagues and employers. Asking for support is one of the first steps in receiving it.

An extra thanks to both Thomas and Alpha Phi Alpha for their continued support and dedication to our mission.

4 Apr

Devon Henery, Phi Beta Sigma National March for Babies Chair, and his family.

Devon Henery, Phi Beta Sigma National March for Babies Chair, and his family.

One of the best ways to understand the mission of the March of Dimes is to hear someone’s personal connection to our mission – the stories are heart wrenching and inspiring all at the same time. Many of our national partners recruit their members who have a connection to our mission to serve as Ambassador Families during their March for Babies Campaign. The involvement of members in this capacity can provide a deeper connection to our mission for the entire organization and motivates members to go the extra distance when raising awareness and funds for the March of Dimes.

Organizations such as Jack and Jill of America, Zeta Phi Beta, Phi Beta Sigma and Sigma Gamma Rho have all recruited families at the chapter, state, regional or national levels to help spread the message about their organization’s efforts to improve the health of babies.

An Ambassador Family is one who has benefited from March of Dimes research or programs, and is willing to share their personal story with members of their organization by speaking at meetings, writing emails and sharing on social media such as Facebook. Do you or someone in your organization have a personal connection to our mission? Share your own story with your members and/or encourage others to serve as the Ambassador Family and share their stories with your organization. In addition, feel free to share the story of our 2013 National Ambassador, Nina Centofanti.

For more information and resources about March for Babies, visit

Now Let’s Hear From You:
Do you have an Ambassador Family for your organization?
Does your team walk in honor of a specific family or child?

3 Apr

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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