March of Dimes Website
Have you ever thought about how difficult it is for a baby to be born without low birth weight, prematurity, or birth defects? After visiting the March of Dimes website I learned that over 460,000 newborns in the United States alone are born prematurely. I am a parent of a premature infant and I know firsthand how hard it is to get find answers and get assistance for a disabled child. I gave birth to my son at only 23 weeks of gestation. He was severely underdeveloped and required many surgeries. With the assistance of supportive organizations and medical research, the lifesaving surgeries were performed immediately. Afterwards I researched to find out just what organizations helped to fund the research needed for the surgery my child had undergone. I found that the March of Dimes, Mother’s March and WalkAmerica were just three of the well-known organizations in the United States, and around the world, that funded such research. Each of these organizations main focus is putting an end to prematurity and each work to make their name known through their individual websites. According to the website, March of Dimes began in 1938 by President Franklin Roosevelt in order to raise awareness and save youth in America from the polio disease (March of Dimes website). Since then, the organization has changed to support babies with prematurity, yet the organization still remains somewhat the same as it was in 1938. Then, the organization was comprised of volunteers and researchers in a partnership, and today the same holds true. The March of Dimes website states that their main mission for the organization is that “March of Dimes researches, volunteers, educators, outreach workers and advocates work together to give all babies a fighting chance against the threat to their health. The foreseeable objective of course is to fight until prematurity and birth defects no longer exist. In trying to reach the...
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