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March of Dimes March for Babies

March to help Babies

Every year, March of Dimes hosts a March for Babies in 1,100 communities across the country and the next walk in Orange County will take place in Newport Beach on April 28, 2013. Why should you get involved? Premature birth is a serious health problem in our country. One in nine babies is born prematurely in the United States every year, and many of them will be too sick to go home. Babies that are born early face an increased risk of serious medical complications including death, and many will face weeks or even months in the newborn intensive care unit (NICU).

There are several risk factors for premature birth, but in approximately forty percent of all cases, the cause is still unknown, and sadly, premature labor is on the rise. Although many babies that are born early grow up to be healthy, others are not so lucky. Being born just a few weeks early can lead to serious complications and lifelong disabilities. Over 120,000 babies in our country are born with serious birth defects every year.

Although providers have made tremendous advancements in caring for the tiniest babies, there is still a lot of research that needs to be done to figure out ways to prevent premature birth. March of Dimes research means better chances for even the smallest babies and it will also support programs in our community to help mothers have healthy pregnancies.

March of Dimes celebrates 75 years of research, vaccines, and breakthroughs, which benefit every baby, including those born full-term. They have helped babies get a healthy start in life and the March for Babies has played a big role in raising the necessary funds.

How can you help?

Find a Walk:

Newport Beach?April 28, 2013?Fashion Island?Walk: 3.5 miles

Start a Team / Join a Team:

Gather your friends, family and co-workers, set a goal, and work together to raise funds and awareness. Together, let’s march for our babies! Ask your company if they offer a matching gifts program.

Make a Donation / Sponsor a Walk:

Contributing online is fast, easy and secure. You can donate directly from your personal/team webpage with a credit card, debit card, or PayPal.

The March of Dimes spends .76 cents of every dollar raised in March for Babies to support research and programs that help babies begin healthy lives.

If you are not able to register for the walk but would still like to make a donation to the March of Dimes, you can visit my page at http://www.marchforbabies.org/heisenman.

Together, we can take steps to help babies!

Hollie is a local Orange County mom of two beautiful twin girls and married to a wonderfully supportive husband.

 

 

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