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Born 12 weeks early and weighing only 3 pounds, Aidan’s story begins like too many others. Watch his family explain his desire to give back and help other kids as the March of Dimes 2014 National Ambassador.
This is Aidan’s story.
The March of Dimes is thrilled to announce our 2014 National Ambassador, Aidan Lamothe! Born 12 weeks early, Aidan weighed just 3 lbs. and spent 7 weeks in a newborn intensive care unit (NICU). Even as a very young child, he understood how serious it is to be born prematurely and decided he wanted to volunteer to tell his story to help other kids.
He and his family visit the NICU every year on his birthday, to honor the doctors and nurses who saved his life. Aidan, and so many other premature babies, wouldn’t have survived without specialized treatment in the NICU, developed in part by research funded by the March of Dimes.
Today, Aidan is an adventurous 6-year-old who loves playing baseball, playing the piano, and doing gymnastics. He’s proud to serve as the 2014 National Ambassador and will travel the country with his parents to help raise funds and awareness of premature birth.
United is the Official Airline Sponsor of the Ambassador family – flying them across the nation to represent the March of Dimes and promote our mission.
Learn more about Aidan’s journey and join him – register for March for Babies today!
Al Roker meets with March for Babies supporters this morning at the Today Show
What an exciting day! March of Dimes supporters, including our 2013 National Ambassador Family and a crowd of more than 100 volunteer parents, babies, and children all wore March of Dimes signature purple color as they visited the NBC Today Show in Rockefeller Plaza early this morning. Al Roker, weather and feature anchor of Today, spoke to them about March for Babies, the March of Dimes number one fundraiser, which will take place in most areas of the country this coming weekend of April 27-28.
For pictures of our visit, click HERE.
To donate or join a team, click HERE.
I had the pleasure of meeting our National Ambassador, and she is awesome! Nina Centofanti was born 9 weeks early and weighed just 2 lbs., 15 oz. Now she’s 8 and traveling the country with her family to encourage everyone to get involved in March for Babies. She stopped by my desk with her big brother and little sis to give me an autographed card with her picture and story on it. Nina was full of smiles and enthusiasm.
Her mom, Chris, is our guest blogger:
Hi everyone, it’s Chris Centofanti.
As you might know, my daughter, Nina, came into the world 9 weeks early and weighed less than 3 pounds. I’d worked as a nurse in the NICU for 14 years and had seen this experience a million times. But nothing prepared me for the moment I saw my own tiny, tiny baby. I felt so guilty for not being able to bring her to term and be delivered safely. And I worried about so many things…her lungs, her brain, infection. I’ve seen lots of babies die.
There’s no doubt that we are among the lucky families. Nina is completely healthy and astounds us every day. We never forget the fact that, were it not for decades of March of Dimes research, her story could have been very different.
Nina is a perfect example of what the March of Dimes has accomplished. It’s truly a gift for me to be able to share our story and be an advocate for premature babies. I’m grateful, humbled and honored to participate in March for Babies, and I hope you’ll register and start fundraising. It’s so important to support the work of the March of Dimes and help every baby be born healthy and as close to term as possible.
Please don’t forget to sign up and donate to March for Babies!
We need to help babies everywhere!
Thank you, and take care,
United is the official airline sponsor of the National Ambassador program.
Bill Fitzgerald, Vice President and General Manager of Commercial Engines at GE Aviation and National Chairman of the 2013 March for Babies (right), March of Dimes President, Dr. Jennifer L. Howse (left), and 8-year-old Nina Centofanti, the foundation’s 2013 National Ambassador (middle), ring The Closing Bell at NYSE to kick off the 2013 March for Babies. About 20,000 companies and 7 million people will participate in March for Babies with a goal of raising $109 million. The walk takes place in most communities the last weekend of April. To join a March for Babies event near you, visit marchforbabies.org.
President Barack Obama poses with the 2012 March of Dimes ambassadors and their families in the Oval Office, Feb. 7, 2012. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)
Kieran Wittstruck, the March of Dimes 2012 National Ambassador, has been on a whirlwind tour to promote the 2012 March for Babies. Since January he and his parents have visited 17 states, and even celebrated his 6th birthday with the March of Dimes. The Wittstrucks are traveling the country this year to share their very personal story related to preterm birth, and to raise awareness of the mission of the March of Dimes.
At the ripe age of 6 Kieran has already met the CEO of United Airlines, Jeff Smisek, fed a Beluga Whale it’s dinner, sang the National Anthem on the court of a pro basketball game, and received a bear hug from President Barack Obama in the Oval Office of the White House. Despite all of the exciting opportunities he’s had, he and his parents agree that the most rewarding part of traveling the country is to share their story with those who want to support the mission of the March of Dimes.
This year Kieran will be attending March for Babies events around the country in the last weeks of April and the first weeks in May. If you see him at your walk, make sure to stop by and say hello!
To read more about Kieran’s March of Dimes adventure feel free to follow his blog at http://kieranstravels.marchofdimes.com/
Kmart and the March of Dimes hosted the first-ever Babies on Broadway event Wednesday, April 20, to bring attention to March for Babies nationwide! This city walk kicked off in Times Square with a crowd of volunteers, supporters, Broadway stars and little babies drawing much attention in front of a 12 foot replica dime supplied by Kmart, March of Dimes National Sponsor and Top March for Babies team! The crowd then walked together downtown to the Kmart store at Herald Square. March of Dimes 2011 National Ambassador, Lauren Fleming, age 7, and her family helped lead a great day on Broadway!
In this photo taken by AP Images for Kmart, from left, Tony Award winner Gregory Jbara, “Rock Of Ages” star Angel Reed and her daughter Malena, and “Wonderland” star Kate Shindle pose with 2011 March of Dimes National Ambassador Lauren Fleming, front right, and her family, sister Erin, brother Corbin, mother Nikki and father Densel, and Kmart executive Natalie Norris-Howser and her son Vaughn at the “Babies for Broadway” event in New York’s Times Square, Wednesday, April 20, 2011. (Jason DeCrow/AP Images for Kmart)
Katie McGee, Entertainment and Traffic reporter for March for Babies media sponsor station CBS 2 in New York, helped lead the Babies on Broadway send off! The event brought together Kmart and March of Dimes supporters to raise awareness and donations for March of Dimes, which works to give all babies a healthy start.
For 28 years, Kmart has supported March of Dimes and raised more than $90 million – and counting! This success comes with thanks to Kmart’s generous associates and customers. The 12 foot dime will be rolling into select Kmart stores across the country – just in time for a March for Babies near you!