March For Babies Kick Off Is February 6th

The March of Dimes will kick off their 2013 March for Babies fundraising campaign in Dillon County on February 6, 2013 at the City of Dillon Wellness Center at 4:30 p.m.
Individuals, families, schools and businesses throughout Dillon County are invited to attend and start raising funds for March for Babies, which will be held on Saturday, April 27, 2013 at Dillon High School.  
During the kick off, participants will have the opportunity to meet our ambassador family, pick up fundraising materials and learn more about the March of Dimes.  Top fundraisers from 2012 will also be recognized. To register, contact Coleen Sweatt at 843-438-1113 or
March for Babies raises funds for vital research to help prevent premature birth and birth defects. Funds raised also support community programs that help moms have full-term pregnancies. The most urgent infant health problem in the U.S. today is premature birth—which affects more than 9,000 babies in South Carolina each year. In Dillon County the Ratley family was touched by premature birth when Tre’Shon was delivered at 26 weeks weighing 3 lbs. 1 oz.  
Coleen Sweatt, Community Director for the March of Dimes says, “This year marks the 75th Anniversary of the March of Dimes. We invite the community to join us in celebrating the proud history of March of Dimes and our mission which has helped improve the health of babies and children since 1938. Each year more than four million babies are born in the United States and the March of Dimes helped each and every one of them through vaccines, research, education and breakthroughs. Raising money for March for Babies is important for families and businesses alike. Together we are raising money to continue to help more babies be born full-term and healthy!”
Each year, the South Carolina Chapter of the March of Dimes invests in mission initiatives statewide, including research grants and local community services. Through these program services, the March of Dimes continues working to prevent birth defects and infant death, reduce South Carolina’s premature birth rate, increase access to prenatal care and educate healthcare providers and women about having healthy babies. 
In 2013, the March of Dimes celebrates its 75th Anniversary and its ongoing work to help babies get a healthy start in life.  Early research led to the Salk and Sabin polio vaccines that all babies still receive.  Other breakthroughs include new treatments for premature infants and children with birth defects.  For the latest resources and information, visit Find us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

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