March of Dimes

It's the First-Ever World Birth Defects Day

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Today marks the first celebration of a new -- and important -- observance. Pioneered by March of Dimes and 11 other international organizations, World Birth Defects Day was created to raise awareness for a problem that affects 8 million babies worldwide. While 50 percentĀ of serious birth defects are detected soon after birth, the... Read more

Happy 75th Birthday, March of Dimes!

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75 years ago today, President Franklin D. Roosevelt founded the March of Dimes in order to "lead, direct and unify" the fight against polio. Since its creation in 1938, the organization has funded more than 31 lifesaving vaccines for children. In 1955, they funded the Salk vaccine and the Sabin vaccine in 1962,... Read more