Posts Tagged ‘march of dimes’

Commemorative Coin in 2014

Monday, December 5th, 2011

U.S. Senators Kay Hagan (D-NC) and Susan Collins (R-ME) were joined by Senate co-sponsors Chuck Schumer (D-NY), Mark Kirk (R-IL) and Daniel Akaka (D-HI) in introducing the March of Dimes Commemorative Coin Act of 2011 (S.1935), which would honor the 75th anniversary of the March of Dimes. The bipartisan legislation would mint coins to recognize the March of Dimes’ landmark accomplishments in maternal and child health and provide resources to continue its vital work.

“Once again, a coin has the opportunity to help this nation fight a threat to its children,” said Dr. Jennifer L. Howse, President of the March of Dimes. “During the Great Depression, citizens sent their precious dimes – four billion of them – to the White House to fund research in the successful fight against polio. This time, the sale of these commemorative coins will help fund research and programs to identify the causes of premature birth. A dime defeated polio; this special dollar will help fight premature birth. We thank Senators Kay Hagan (D-NC) and Susan Collins (R-ME) for introducing the March of Dimes Commemorative Coin Act.”

The legislation authorizes the U.S. Mint to strike up to 500,000 $1 silver commemorative coins in 2014 to mark the March of Dimes’ 75th Anniversary. A surcharge of $10 added to the coin’s cost will go to the March of Dimes. The design of the coin will be selected by the Treasury Secretary in consultation with the March of Dimes and the Commission of Fine Arts.

If all the coins are sold during 2014, up to $5 million would be directed towards vital programs and scientific research to improve the health of women, infants and children by preventing birth defects, premature birth, and infant mortality. The March of Dimes is required to match these funds through private contributions, which would result in a total of $10 million going to research, community services, and education.

Signature Chef’s Auction

Wednesday, August 24th, 2011

Join the March of Dimes for this year’s Signature Chefs Auctions held in almost 200 cities across the country. This unique and fun dining experience – where top local chefs present their signature dishes in a tasting format – has raised more than $145 million for the March of Dimes since the first Signature Chef’s Auction was held in 1989.

Video of the Week

Wednesday, June 1st, 2011

Dr. Siobhan Dolan discusses how your baby grows and how your body changes during the first month of pregnancy.

So long coffee table

Friday, May 14th, 2010

41808782_thbIt’s official. My daughter’s a toddler. She got her walking papers last month and she’s taken over the house. We can’t turn our back on her for a second. She’s obsessed with trying to drown my cell phone in the toilet.  She rummages through my purse trying to locate the car keys.  She’s very proud of herself now that she’s discovered the panic button! While these antics are on some level amusing, I really do worry about her safety on a constant basis. She’s mastered climbing, too and has rightfully earned the nickname, “monkey”. Therefore we’ve retired the coffee table to the garage where it will mostly likely stay until she goes off to college (better to be safe than sorry). On top of that she’s teething up a storm and will attempt to put anything in her mouth including, but not limited to my husband’s running sneakers. On the one hand, I’m thrilled that she’s exploring her environment and becoming her own person, but it’s making my job as a parent that much harder. Actually…it’s a nightmare. I’ve done everything I can think of to make our home safe for her. She always seems to find trouble though. Are you in the same boat? I’d love to hear from you. Click here and here to read some helpful fact sheets on child safety.

The NICU experience

Friday, April 23rd, 2010

Have you or someone you know had a baby born sick or prematurely? If so, you’re all too familiar with the emotional rollercoaster of caring for a baby in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). You’re thrown into a whole new world with new expectations, decisions and language. Click here for help on parenting a baby in a neonatal intensive care unit (NICU).

You can also visit, Share Your Story. This is an online community for past and present NICU families. You can participate in online discussion, create a blog or just make friends.

I’m walking in March for Babies this Sunday in support of all of the families affected by prematurity, birth defects and newborn loss. No one is working harder than the March of Dimes to helps families have healthier babies.

Are you walking this weekend? If so, where and why?

The countdown to March for Babies begins…

Friday, April 16th, 2010

I’m walking in White Plains, NY on April 25th. That’s only 9 days away!! Don’t worry of you’re a little behind with getting started this year. It’s not too late. We can get you up and running in no time. You can register quickly and send out emails right from our March for Babies Website. Don’t forget to reach out to your Facebook friends, too.  Are you uncomfortable asking people for donations? I’m right there with you! Break the ice with these funny animated e-cards. Think out side the box and expand you donor base by asking your dentist, mechanic and hair stylist to sponsor you. So, what are you waiting for? Dust off your walking shoes and get psyched! With your help, we can make this the best March for Babies ever!  Have a great walk from all of us here at NMN. We really appreciate your support.

We’re registered!

Monday, February 22nd, 2010

This April will be the fourth March for Babies that we’re participating in. I’m mfb-logo1proud to say that this has become a tradition. It’s not only a really fun event, but it’s a wonderful way to get the family out and doing something positive for the community.  Together we’re walking because more than 460,000 babies are born prematurely in the U.S. every year, many so small that their lives hang in the balance. These premature babies can suffer lifelong consequences such as mental retardation, blindness, chronic lung disease and cerebral palsy. While most survive, some are so tiny that doctors can′t save them. Please join my family and many others by registering today!

Our badges, widgets and banners are a fun way to show your support of March for Babies. Use them on your blog, Facebook® or MySpace® page and on e-mails to friends to help us get the word out. Click here to get started.

National ambassador families meet with President Obama

Friday, February 12th, 2010

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Two families who know all too well the trauma of having a baby born prematurely visited the White House today to share their inspiring stories with President Obama. The Hall family from Leesburg, Va., and the Hoffman family from Weston, Fla., are ambassadors for the March of Dimes.

“These brave families told the President that premature birth can happen to anyone, and when it does happen, it exacts a huge toll emotionally, physically and financially on families and the country,” said Dr. Jennifer L. Howse, president of the March of Dimes. “We need to invest more federal funding in research that will stop the rising incidence of preterm birth.”

If you’d like to read more about these inspiring families and their visit with the President, click here.

It’s 2010

Friday, January 1st, 2010

Happy New Year!

With your support, we made 2009 a big win for babies. Some highlights:
• Through your blogs, you let the world know how serious and common premature birth is, and how we can all help.
• Your gifts and the money you raised in March for Babies paid for grants to six new scientists working to understand and prevent premature birth.
• And with your funds, we opened 24 new NICU Family Support® sites, providing comfort and information to thousands of families with a baby in intensive care.
• We also achieved our goal in newborn screening: all states now require testing babies for at least 26 serious but treatable disorders!

We look forward to making 2010 another great year for moms, babies and families. We’re so glad to count on your support.
From all of us to all of you, happy New Year!

Congenital heart defects

Friday, December 18th, 2009

There have been some painful posts and resulting discussion this week on congenital heart defects (CHD) on Twitter. So I thought it would be a good idea to provide some background information about these conditions and what the March of Dimes is doing to help.

About 35,000 infants (1 out of every 125) are born with heart defects each year in the United States. The term congenital heart defect is a general term used to describe many types of rare heart disorders. The term congenital heart defect is not a diagnosis in itself. Some of the most common heart defects include: patent ductus arteriosus (PDA), septal defects, coarctation of the aorta, heart valve abnormalities, tetralogy of fallot, transposition of the great arteries, and hypoplastic left heart syndrome. Click here to learn more.

Over the past ten years, the March of Dimes has invested over $36 million in heart related research, including CHDs.  A number of scientists funded by the March of Dimes are studying genes that may underlie specific heart defects. The goal of this research is to better understand the causes of congenital heart defects, in order to develop ways to prevent them. Grantees also are looking at how environmental factors (such as a form of vitamin A called retinoic acid) may contribute to congenital heart defects. One grantee is seeking to understand why some babies with serious heart defects develop brain injuries, in order to learn how to prevent and treat them.

If you have questions or concerns about a specific birth defect, please drop us a note at AskUs@marchofdimes.org and we’ll gladly provide you with information.