Here’s a look back on the March of Dimes’ efforts in the fight against polio. Jonas Salk, President Franklin D. Roosevelt, and Basil O’Connor are featured in this historical footage.
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When you walk in March for Babies, you give hope to the more than half a million babies born too soon each year. The money you raise supports programs in your community that help moms have healthy, full-term pregnancies. And it funds research to find answers to the problems that threaten our babies. We’ve been walking since 1970 and have raised an incredible $2 billion to benefit all babies.
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.
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.
Dr. Siobhan Dolan discusses how your baby grows and how your body changes during the first month of pregnancy.
It’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.
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?
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.
This April will be the fourth March for Babies that we’re participating in. I’m proud 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.
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.