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    Amassador Family Sets $10,000 Goal to Honor Twins 10th Birthday

    Tim J. Arndt, State Director of Communications and Marketing, Indiana Chapter, (317) 285-0191, tarndt@marchofdimes.com

    Indianapolis, IN, March 14, 2014 —

    LOCAL AMBASSADOR FAMILY LEADS MARCH OF DIMES EFFORT TO IMPROVE HEALTH OF INDIANA’S BABIES

    Family sets $10,000 fundraising goal to commemorate 10th birthday of their boys, born too soon and too small.

    Raising $10,000 for charity might seem a daunting task but one family has set that fundraising goal for 2014 because they know that the 10 years they have had with their boys so far were made possible with research funded by March of Dimes.

    “Our boys, Jack and Andrew, were born in 2004 at 28 weeks weighing 3 lbs., 1 oz. and 2 lbs., 8 oz.,” says LoraLee Weaver, March of Dimes Ambassador Family Mom. “Our twin boys were suffering from Twin Twin transfusion syndrome. Twin Twin transfusion syndrome is a complication of the blood supply between identical twins sharing a single placenta.” 

    Weaver says, “They spent two months in St. Vincent NICU and benefited from the remarkable progress in treatments that have been made, in large part, due to the research of March of Dimes.  Dear friends we met in the NICU introduced us to March of Dimes and we’ve been marching ever since.”

    According to March of Dimes, since their first March for Babies, the Weaver Boys & a Little Lady Team has raised over $35,000 to fund March of Dimes research and community programs that are making a difference in the lives and health of babies, today.  “In 2014, in celebration of Jack and Andrew’s 10th birthday we’ve set a goal of raising $10,000 to help give all babies their 9 months,” says Weaver.   

    According to Weaver, “We’ve lost 5 babies to miscarriage along the way and subsequently had two more babies, singletons Elijah and our little lady, Julia.  Both were also born prematurely. Needless to say our passion for this very important cause has only increased in the 10 years since we first benefited from March of Dimes.”

     March for Babies is the largest annual fundraising event for the March of Dimes. Nearly 4 million babies are born in the United States each year, and the March of Dimes has helped each and every one through 75 years of research, education, vaccines and breakthroughs.

    “Working with the Weavers is a real honor,” says Tim Arndt, March of Dimes. “Premature birth is the leading cause of newborn death. In Indianapolis 1 in 9 babies is born prematurely, and that’s just not acceptable. We need leaders with this passion in our community working together to help moms have full-term pregnancies and healthy babies.”

    Indianapolis residents can sign up today at marchforbabies.org and start a team with co-workers, family and friends. Last year, more than 4,000 people attended the event — which will be held this year on May 10th at White River State Park starting at 9am.  

    The March of Dimes is the leading nonprofit organization for pregnancy and baby health. With chapters nationwide and its premier event, March for Babies, the March of Dimes works to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality. For the latest resources and information, visit marchofdimes.com or nacersano.org. Find us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

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