If so I have the perfect way for you to not only help a great cause but to also get a tax deduction. I am making this easy for you to help me help others…click our team logo, the MOD badge, Brendan’s NICU picture, Brendan’s now picture or the little badge in the right sidebar.
Some history on the cause …where it started, how it’s name came to be…
“Polio was one of the most dreaded illnesses of the 20th century, and had killed or paralyzed thousands of Americans during the first half of the 20th century. President Franklin D. Roosevelt therefore founded the March of Dimes as the National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis on January 3, 1938. Roosevelt himself was paralyzed with what at the time was believed to be polio, though it now seems this diagnosis might have been mistaken. The original purpose of the Foundation was to raise money for polio research and to care for those suffering from the disease. The name emphasized the national, nonpartisan, and public nature of the new organization, as opposed to private foundations established by wealthy families. The effort began with a radio appeal, asking everyone in the nation to contribute a dime (10 cents) to fight polio.
“March of Dimes” was originally the name of the annual fundraising event held in January by the Foundation. The name “March of Dimes” for the fundraising campaign was coined by entertainer Eddie Cantor as a play on the popular newsreel feature of the day, The March of Time. Along with Cantor, many top Hollywood, Broadway, radio, and television stars served as promoters of the charity. When Roosevelt died in office in 1945, he was commemorated by placing his portrait on the dime. By a happy coincidence, this was the only coin in wide circulation which had a purely allegorical figure (Liberty) on the obverse. To put Roosevelt on any other coin would have required displacing a president or founding father. Over the years, the name “March of Dimes” became synonymous with that of the charity and was officially adopted in 1979.
For its first 17 years, the March of Dimes provided support for the work of many innovative and practical polio researchers and virologists. In the post-World War II years, the number of polio cases in the United States increased sharply, making the cause even more urgent. Then, on April 12, 1955 the Poliomyelitis Vaccine Evaluation Center at the University of Michigan held a news conference announcing to the world that the polio vaccine developed by Dr. Jonas Salk was “safe, potent, and effective.” The largest clinical trial in U.S. history, involving 1.8 million schoolchildren, had shown the vaccine to be 80 to 90 percent effective in preventing paralytic polio.
For a number of years, a national March of Dimes poster child or family was chosen to symbolize those afflicted by the disease. After supporting the development of two successful vaccines against polio (both Jonas Salk’s and Albert Sabin’s research were largely funded by the March of Dimes), the organization, rather than going out of business, decided in 1958 to use its charitable infrastructure to serve mothers and babies with a new mission: to prevent premature birth, birth defects and infant mortality. The organization accomplishes this with programs of research, community services, education, and advocacy, along with the annual March for Babies.”
For anyone who is new to the blog here is a short version of our story….
June 9 2008 our son Brendan was born 11 weeks 2 days early. His early birth was a result of me having PIH (pregnancy induced hypertension) which unfortunately that day made my body toxic as hell(words my doctor used) so the baby had to come out so we could both be ok. Brendan spent 58.5 days in the NICU. Some say it’s sill to include that .5 but to me it was more time away from my son.
The March of Dimes provided many great resources for the NICU Brendan was in and many across the world. They do research in hopes of one day ending prematurity and other medical issues for babies/children.
Brendan and I will be walking in our nation’s capital, Washington D.C. on Sunday April 25th. I know you all have been through this journey with us so you know th NICU struggle, the ups and downs of life post NICU and how far Brendan has come to get us where he is today.
All I am asking is for $1 to help make a difference.
The picture above really represents our team name BOLO4Brendan… cause you better BeOntheLookOut4Brendan!
Also our team logo was deisgned by a fellow preemie mom and friend. If you are looking for help with a logo, cards or anything hit her up: the design girl
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