march for babies blog
Tune in tonight for Week 3 of Dancing With The Stars and cheer on March of Dimes Mom Sherri Shepherd as she takes to the floor in pursuit of the Mirror Ball! If you have not seen her dance yet, you are in for a treat. Let’s show Sherri the love at voting time!
“As the mother of a premature child, I know first-hand the toll an early birth can have on a family. That’s why I’m here today to open the New York Stock Exchange and kick off March for Babies,” said Sherri Shepherd, Emmy Winning co-host of ABC’s The View and March of Dimes celebrity spokesperson. “March for Babies helped fund research that saved my son, Jeffrey, who was born three months too soon, and helped millions of other premature babies nationwide. I support the March of Dimes and hope my fans do, too, so that one day all babies will be born healthy.”
Each year, about 20,000 companies get involved in March for Babies. These company teams raise $70 million dollars. The goal for this year’s event is more than $100 million dollars. March for Babies is sponsored nationally by the March of Dimes number one corporate supporter Kmart, Farmers Insurance Group, CIGNA, Continental Airlines, Famous Footwear, FedEx, Sanofi Pasteur, First Response and Mission Pharmacal.
Fundraising is important business, not only for charitable organizations, but also for the corporations that sponsor them. Donations are a bell-weather for the larger economy, and the March of Dimes presence at the world’s financial capital is an example of the economic importance of nonprofits.
“We’re here at the center of the world’s financial markets to engage the corporate community,” said Carol Evans, president, Working Mother Media and a vice chair of the March of Dimes national Board of Trustees. Her now college-aged son also was born prematurely. “Corporate philanthropy is critical to improving the health of babies. It helps fund the research and can help reduce everyone’s health care costs. Bottom line, it’s good business.”
Premature birth is a serious and costly problem. More than 540,000 babies are born too soon in the United States each year, costing the nation more than $26 billion annually. Babies who survive an early birth often face lifelong health challenges.
This Wednesday, April 1, we’ll be announcing our 2009 March for Babies Celebrity Chair. She’s gorgeous, she’s talented, she’s a new mom and we’re just thrilled she’s getting involved and speaking out for healthy babies!
Speaking of stars… Here’s a thank you to all our celebrity spokespeople who inspire their thousands of fans to follow their example. Like Sherri Shepherd, whose own son was born prematurely, Kelly Clarkson, our Team Youth Ambassador and Thalia, who gave birth to a healthy baby girl last year.
While we wait for the big reveal, who would you like to see as a March for Babies spokesperson? And don’t just think moms, any celebrity dads out there who would do a good job?
Our very own Sherri Shepherd was Bonnie’s guest yesterday. They shared some laughs and also talked March for Babies. Sherri brought Bonnie some comfy new sneakers: Famous Footwear’s official March for Babies shoe! Famous Footwear is donating $5 for every pair sold.
Sherri also mentioned her son Jeffrey, her inspiration for supporting the March of Dimes and March for Babies: “They gave us the worse diagnosis, but my son is walking, he’s running, he says ‘I love you, mommy’, so this is a gift.”
This April, Sherri is walking in LA and she invited Bonnie to join her. “Of course I’ll walk!” She’s already got the shoes!
I wanted to share this little heart-felt video with you. It’s a message from Sherri Shepherd, co-host of ABC’s The View and a big supporter of the March of Dimes and March for Babies. Did you know Sherri has been walking and raising money for several years? If you’re lucky enough to live around there, you can walk with her in LA in April.
March for Babies is a special cause to Sherri. Her son, Jeffrey, was born 15 weeks too soon in 2005 and spent many long months in the NICU. He has a 4th birthday coming up, is absolutely adorable and doing very well!
Sherri is walking for her son. And because she wants to help make sure other moms and babies won’t have to go through what they did.
Thank you Sherri! We love you!