September 9, 2014
March of Dimes
General Goal: to let people know what the March of Dimes is. Specific Goal: I want listeners to know what the mission of the March of Dimes is and what their main goal is.
I. Each day, babies are born fighting for their lives and every day, the March of Dimes helps them win.
More than half a million babies are born prematurely in the United States each year. With 1 in 8 babies born too soon, our country lags behind many other developed nations. II. The March of Dimes is the leading non-profit organization that helps families with babies who were born premature or with a birth defect. Babies born premature or with a birth defect are very at risk. III. I have been involved with the March of Dimes ever since I can remember. 19 years ago I lost my brother Hunter to birth defects, 17 years ago I lost my sister Christine to birth defects and 16 years ago my brother Adam was born premature. Today Adam is a happy and healthy driving 16 year old. IV. Today I am going to talk about (1) the history of the March of Dimes, (2) reasons why babies might be born premature or with a birth defect, (3) and what the mission of the March of Dimes is.
I. The history of the March of Dimes:
a. In 1938, President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s personal struggle with polio lead him to create the National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis. Now known as the March of Dimes, the foundation established a polio patient aid program and funded research for vaccines, which effectively ended epidemic polio in the United States. b. With the goal of eliminating polio accomplished, in 1958 Basil O’Connor, the president of the March of Dimes at the time, turned the focus of the March of Dimes to preventing birth defects and infant mortality. i. March of Dimes led the way to discover the genetics causes of birth defects, to promote newborn screening, and to educate medical professionals...
References: 1. “AAP policy Statement: Levels of Neonatal Care. Pediatrics”. American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). 5 114: 1331-1345. November 2004. Retrieved September 30, 2013.
2. “Baby Talk: March of Dimes Rebrands”. Adweek. Retrieved September 30, 2013.
3. “March of Dimes Website”. Retrieved September 28, 2013.
4. “One day…all babies will be born healthy: Annual Report 2012”. March of Dimes Foundation. Retrieved October 1, 2013.
5. William H. Helfand (2001) ‘…So that others may walk’: So be good. The March of Dimes. American Journal of Public Health. Page 1176-1197.
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