The March of Dimes

The little girl in the picture above is my mom as a March of Dimes poster child in 1952.  She was diagnosed with polio at 8 months old and in that year, my mom was one of 1,439 persons stricken with polio in Los Angeles alone.

Through the aid of the March of Dimes, my mom was able to undergo treatment for her condition.

The March of Dimes is an important organization to our family.  Today, the March of Dimes is the leading nonprofit organization for pregnancy and baby health.

About the March of Dimes:

The first great polio epidemic in the U.S. was in 1916. The disease infected mostly children, killing thousands and leaving many more paralyzed. On a summer day in 1921, Franklin D. Roosevelt became one of its victims and the March of Dimes was born.

Through life saving research we beat polio, but we continue our efforts to help children today by working to save babies from the silent crisis of premature birth.

The March of Dimes Mission:

Our mission is to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth, and infant mortality. We carry out this mission through research, community services, education and advocacy to save babies’ lives. March of Dimes researchers, volunteers, educators, outreach workers and advocates work together to give all babies a fighting chance against the threats to their health: prematurity, birth defects, low birthweight.

As a mother, especially with a mother stricken by such a devastating disease, I cannot imagine a better cause to support.  Let’s help give children in need the support to grow and thrive! 

Click here to find out all the ways the March of Dimes is busy helping babies in need!

Want to join me and get involved? 

There are many ways to lend your support to the March of Dimes, click 
here to learn more!  And click here to find out all the ways your help assists babies in need.

Together, miracles are possible.

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