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    Local Businessman Joins March of Dimes in Leading the Charge to Improve the Health of Toledo Babies

    Suzanne Weller, March of Dimes, (419)534-3600, sweller@marchofdimes.com

    Tammy Vaughn Cameron, Hylant Group, , tammy.cameron@hylant.com

    Richard Hylant joins national team of business leaders to launch 2012 March for Babies campaign

    Toledo, Ohio, February 06, 2012 —

    Toledo, Ohio - More than 1,000 Toledo area babies will be born premature this year, and local business leader, Richard Hylant, is working with the March of Dimes to change this.

    Hylant, who is the President at Hylant Group’s Toledo office, understands the importance of the March of Dimes mission. As a father and devoted family member, he has taken on the role of Honorary Chair for the 2012 March for Babies to raise awareness and important funding to provide for babies who are born premature or with birth defects. Hylant has made the commitment to raise $75,000 in new revenue as part of the overall goal of $200,000. 

    March for Babies, the March of Dimes largest fundraiser, helps fund lifesaving research and educational programs aimed at helping moms have healthy babies. Last year, the Toledo event raised more than $150,000– this year, March for Babies Chair Richard Hylant will focus on recruiting new companies to participate and lead the community in making a difference for the health of moms and babies.

    “One in eight of our babies here in Toledo are born premature. Not only is that unacceptable, but many of the premature births are avoidable.  I have had the honor of leading many charitable campaigns in our region for issues that seem overwhelming at times. With their research and education, the March of Dimes has put our community in a position to eliminate many premature births and related birth defects with early intervention. We simply need to raise the funds to educate women and get MOD resources deployed. If it is within our grasp, why wouldn’t we want every baby to have a healthy start in life,” said Hylant. He has already started reaching out to local business leaders to encourage their support in the coming months.
    Toledo residents can sign up today at www.marchforbabies.org and start a team with co-workers, family or friends. Last year, more than 3,000 people attended the event - which will be held this year on April 15, 2012 at Fifth Third Field.

    “We’re thrilled to have Richard on board to help us at a local level,” said Suzanne Weller, Executive Director for the March of Dimes Northwest Ohio Division. “His passion for the cause and commitment to helping our babies will be a huge driving factor in the success of our event this year. We are grateful for the time and support he is able to lend us.”

    About Hylant Group
    Founded in 1935, Hylant Group is a full-service insurance brokerage with 12 offices in Ohio, Michigan, Illinois, Indiana and Tennessee, and employs more than 570 employees. As a member of the Worldwide Broker Network, Hylant offers complete risk management services, employee benefits consultation, loss control, healthcare management and insurance solutions for businesses and individuals.  Hylant is one of the largest privately held brokerage firms in the United States and serves a wide variety of clients locally, nationally, and internationally.  For more information, please visit www.hylant.com

    About the March of Dimes
    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.

    The March for Babies is sponsored nationally by the March of Dimes number one corporate supporter Kmart, Farmers Insurance Group, Cigna, Famous Footwear, Sanofi Pasteur, FedEx, Mission Pharmacal, Watson Pharmaceuticals, First Response, and United Airlines.