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    Search Underway For Local March Of Dimes Ambassadors

    Seeking Aiken County Families touched by work of March of Dimes

    Aiken, South Carolina, June 18, 2013 —

    The search is on!  March of Dimes is seeking families interested in serving as Ambassadors for Aiken County March for Babies in 2013.  We are looking for at least one family to represent the March of Dimes from Aiken County.

    Since 1946, the March of Dimes has identified a child to represent the organization to the American public, developing what became known as its “poster child.” During the Foundation’s polio campaign, the poster child was stricken with polio.  Today, the March of Dimes Ambassador brings a face to the mission of the March of Dimes for your co-workers, friends and sponsors.  An Ambassador family can tell the story of how their lives have been touched by March of Dimes-funded research, programs, advocacy or educational campaigns.  They are a living symbol of the March of Dimes mission and share their story to raise awareness and funds to help all babies get a healthy start by fighting serious threats to infant health, including premature birth.

    Premature birth touches half a million babies and their families every year including nearly 9,000 babies in South Carolina each year. Babies born too soon are struggle to survive and may have lifelong health consequences. The March of Dimes is committed to funding research to find the answers to premature birth and funding local programs to educate healthcare providers and moms-to-be.

    March for Babies is the March of Dimes premier fundraising event that benefits all babies.  Aiken county residents can sign up today to help fund lifesaving research and educational programs aimed at reaching the goal of giving every baby a healthy start in life. Funds raised by this March for Babies event support research and grants awarded to programs that improve infant and maternal health in South Carolina.

    This year’s event will be held on Saturday, September 28th at O’dell Weeks Center starting at 9:00 am.  To register online go to www.marchforbabies.org or visit www.marchofdimes.com/southcarolina.

    Families interested in applying for Aiken County March for Babies Ambassador should meet the following qualifications:

    §  Parent(s) reside and/or work in Aiken County.

    §  At birth, the child experienced one or more of the following:

    - Being born prematurely or spent time in a neonatal intensive care unit (NICU)

    - Suffered from respiratory distress syndrome and received surfactant therapy

    - Suffered from persistent pulmonary hypertension and received nitric oxide therapy

    - Thyroid hormone deficiency, hearing impairment, or any other condition found through newborn screening

    - The child was born healthy and the parents can explain why their healthy pregnancy was served by the March of Dimes

    §  The child’s school schedule and the parent’s work schedule(s) are flexible enough to accommodate appearances without jeopardizing the parent’s employment or the child’s schoolwork

    §  The parent(s) should be comfortable speaking in front of groups at local events and volunteer meetings, as well as with the media. Children should be comfortable being in front of an audience.

    March of Dimes will select at least one family to represent the Aiken County area.  Interested families should submit an official Nomination Form by the July 1st deadline to be considered.  Nomination Forms are available by contacting Amanda DuPre at (803)252-5200 or adupre@marchofdimes.com.

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