From Polio to Prematuraty: March of Dimes celebrates 75 years of achievements
The March of Dimes continues its year-long celebration of its 75th anniversary today, the 131st birthday of its founder President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, joined by his grandson James Roosevelt, Jr.
FDR’s birthday was a March of Dimes traditional fundraising day. Today, many March of Dimes chapters kick off the charity’s signature fundraiser, March for Babies.
“My grandfather was fearless and ever optimistic. He created confidence in public health and energized people to volunteer and release their own creative energies,” says James Roosevelt, Jr. “That’s the legacy of the March of Dimes. It takes on tough health challenges, and gives people a way to get involved and make a difference.”
Since 1938, each and every baby born in the United States has been helped by the March of Dimes through programs of research, education, vaccines, and breakthroughs.
As part of its ongoing mission to improve babies’ health, the March of Dimes will also release a definitive pregnancy guidebook in January 2013. Written by March of Dimes medical advisor Dr. Siobhan Dolan and published by Harper Collins, Healthy Mom, Healthy Baby includes tips on pre-natal care, and the latest guidance and advice on genetics, caffeine and alcohol in pregnancy, immunizations you need, and many other topics.
The book can be pre-ordered at: marchofdimes.com/healthymombook