Since 1970, this event has played out in numerous communities across the country, resulting in a whopping $2 billion aimed at programs, research and treatment for a myriad of problems that threaten babies.
Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center is presenting the June 2 march--actually a 5K walk, which will be staged at the Freeman Park Amphitheater. It begins at 9 a.m. and continues until about noon.
President Franklin Roosevelt's personal struggle with polio led him to create the National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis at a time when polio was on the rise. Better known as the March of Dimes, the foundation established a polio patient aid program and funded research for vaccines developed by Jonas Salk, MD and Albert Sabin, MD. These vaccines effectively ended epidemic polio in the United States.
Its original mission accomplished, the foundation turned its focus to preventing birth defects and infant mortality. The March of Dimes has led the way to discover the genetic causes of birth defects, to promote newborn screening, and to educate medical professionals and the public about best practices for healthy pregnancy. We have supported research for surfactant therapy to treat respiratory distress and helped initiate the system of regional neonatal intensive care for premature and sick babies. Our recent Folic Acid Campaign achieved a dramatic reduction in the incidence of neural tube defects, birth defects of the brain and spine.
For more information call 208-272-9619 or visit www.marchforbabies.org.