Posts Tagged ‘White House’

Twitter chat with the White House & CDC about the Zika virus

Monday, July 11th, 2016

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On Wednesday, July 13, 2016, at noon EST, we will chat about the Zika virus with Amy Pope, Deputy Homeland Security Advisor and Deputy Assistant to the President at the National Security Council and Anne Schuchat, MD, Principal Deputy Director for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

This is the time to tune in and ask your questions.

Are you wondering…

  • What are the symptoms of the Zika virus? How is it spread?
  • Can a mosquito really cause birth defects in babies?
  • Should you travel to a specific region? Where is Zika spreading?
  • What kind of mosquito protection is effective?
  • If you are pregnant or thinking about becoming pregnant, what do you need to know? How can you protect yourself and your baby?

These are topics that will be discussed on the chat. Plus, you can submit your own questions, too. Just use #ZAPzika to join the conversation.

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We hope to see you on the chat this Wednesday!

If you’ve got questions, send them to AskUs@marchofdimes.org.

 

Our National Ambassador meets Pres. Obama at the White House – visit highlights Zika

Saturday, July 2nd, 2016

Pres Obama w Nat'l Ambassador IsmaelMarch of Dimes National Ambassador Ismael Torres-Castrodad and his mother Isamari Castrodad, along with Chief Medical Officer Dr. Edward McCabe and Kelly Cook, Chief Marketing Officer of Kmart and mom of preemie triplets, met President Obama in the Oval Office.

The June 30th meeting with the President was warm and welcoming. The discussion highlight was the March of Dimes Zika advocacy and education efforts. The president emphasized how important this issue was to him and that he intends to do his utmost to ensure adequate resources are provided to combat Zika. President Obama discussed with Ismael and his mother the cases of Zika among their friends and acquaintances in Puerto Rico.

The President’s obvious passion and commitment on this issue made such an impression on Kelly Cook that she pledged on the spot to give $250,000 from Kmart to March of Dimes towards our Zika prevention efforts. Thank you Kelly and Kmart!!

After the visit, Ismael, his mother, and Kelly spoke to a reporter from the Washington Post, which resulted in this article on their visit.

The March of Dimes is petitioning lawmakers to fund Zika prevention efforts. You can sign our petition to tell your legislators to #ZAPzika now by committing resources to protect our families from Zika.

Learn about the Zika virus and how ONE mosquito bite may cause devastating birth defects.

Send your Zika questions to AskUs@marchofdimes.org.

Together, we can #ZAPZika.

 

 

Help us light the White House purple

Wednesday, November 14th, 2012

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We’re so close! Three weeks ago with your signatures you helped us launch the White House petition as a symbol of hope for families whose children are born too soon. Just as the March of Dimes and President Roosevelt galvanized America to defeat polio, today millions of March of Dimes volunteers are working to support research and programs to identify the causes of premature birth.

We now are asking you, our volunteers and supporters, to share the opportunity to sign the petition with 10 of your friends and family. If each one of us adds 10 people to the petition, it will succeed. Help to honor babies born prematurely by lighting in purple the birthplace of the March of Dimes: the White House.

The petition can be found at http://1.usa.gov/T0l7ze. Thank you so much!

Turn the White House purple!

Wednesday, October 17th, 2012

white-house-at-night-david-niblackAs part of March of Dimes 75th anniversary activities, the March of Dimes is petitioning to Light the White House Purple on January 3, 2013, as a symbol of hope for families whose children are born too soon.  Our goal is to secure a total of 25,000 signatures in 30 days.  Sign the online petition today and share the link on Facebook and Twitter with your friends and family.  http://1.usa.gov/T0l7ze

 

Photo courtesy of David Niblack