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March of Dimes works 75 years to keep babies healthy

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Robin Winters

Posted: Wednesday, April 24, 2013 4:00 am

At the March of Dimes, we promise to work tirelessly toward the day when all babies are born healthy.

This year, the March of Dimes, the leading non-profit organization for maternal and infant health, celebrates its 75th anniversary and its ongoing work to help all babies get a healthy start in life.  More than four million babies were born in the United States last year, and the March of Dimes has helped each and every one through research, education, vaccines, and breakthroughs.  Although you may not realize it, you have been touched by the March of Dimes if …

• You or your child received a polio vaccine;

• You took the B vitamin folic acid before and during pregnancy to prevent birth defects;

• You or someone you know is one of the 10,000 parents who had a premature baby in Arizona this year;

• You had a healthy baby due in part to good prenatal care at home and from your doctor or nurse.

The March of Dimes provides support and resources to families in the NICU wondering when or if they’ll be able to take their baby home. We also work to prevent prematurity, birth defects and infant mortality through research and community-based programs.  March for Babies is the easiest way you can support our mission. Join the thousands of walkers who walk in Tucson each year to raise much-needed funds. This year’s event will take place on Saturday, April 27 at Reid Park. We welcome families, friends and individuals to attend the event. Babies are especially welcome.

This year, in honor of 75 years of March of Dimes lifesaving breakthroughs, let’s raise the bar for babies! Please take the challenge to Be Your Best for Babies by setting your very best goal. Let’s walk together for stronger, healthier babies. Sign up at

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