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26 Mar

Today’s update comes to you from a recent Q&A with Rebecca Riley, the current Key Club International President and a March of Dimes volunteer. Key Club, a national service partner of the March of Dimes, is an international high school student-led organization and we are so excited to have their support! Rebecca, along with many other Key Club and Kiwanis International members, continue to work together year-round for stronger, healthier babies!

From past conversations, it is quite obvious Rebecca is passionate about the March of Dimes and our mission, but it became even more evident through this Q&A session. She states, “March of Dimes is so important to me because prematurity truly can touch anyone,” admitting that she used to think prematurity affected only moms who made poor choices or didn’t see the doctor. Rebecca thanks the March of Dimes for educating herself and her community about prematurity, since it can and does affect mothers who do take good care of themselves and their baby by eating right and keeping their prenatal care appointment. She closes by stating, “I fight with March of Dimes so that one day I can be the mother of healthy babies!”

Key Club International Board dressed in purple on World Prematurity Day to show their support!

Key Club International Board dressed in purple on World Prematurity Day to show their support!

Through her passion, Rebecca encouraged the entire Key Club International Board to show their support on World Prematurity Day by wearing purple to their International Board meeting.

“…the March of Dimes has really been a focus for me this year. When I discovered that World Prematurity Day was going to fall on the Saturday of one of our International Board meetings, I knew that I wanted to make a statement to all of Key Club International by having my board involved in some way. We took pictures of our matching purple shirts and plastered them all over Facebook to send Key Club International the message that we love babies and we love March of Dimes!”

Below are a few more highlights from our Q&A session.

Q: Rebecca, how do you encourage Key Clubbers to get involve with the March of Dimes?
A: I would encourage all the Key Clubbers that I know to get educated, get involved, and get out:

Get educated by contacting your local March of Dimes representative, visiting, and asking your Key Club Lieutenant Governor for more information. Read up on what March of Dimes has done and is doing to ensure the health of babies and children around the world.

Get involved by using March of Dimes resources to plan a fundraising event with your own club. Ask your local representative how you can help with March of Dimes in your own community–you may even be able to support an area family affected by prematurity. Educate your club and get them fired up and ready to help.

And finally, get out and spread awareness of March of Dimes in your community. Get involved in March for Babies and recruit volunteers and participants to join in also. Organize a highly-visible community-based fundraiser for March of Dimes. When you get your community involved in March of Dimes and March for Babies, you not only support March of Dimes nationally, but you also support healthier babies through education in your own community.

Q: Why do you think it is important that students get involved with the March of Dimes?
A: I think that March of Dimes is so important for our students today because we are the mothers and fathers of tomorrow. Although the day when we become parents may seem far away, it is in reality relatively close, and I believe that it is so important for us to do everything that we can to ensure that our babies are healthy when that day comes. I fight with March of Dimes so that one day I can be a mother of healthy babies, and I hope that my fellow students will do the same.

Thanks Rebecca for your insight, and all Key Club International members for supporting the March of Dimes and joining us in March for Babies! Where are you walking with your Key Club, or any other team, this spring?

29 Mar

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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