The March of Dimes' mission is to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality.
Proceeds will fund research for answers to premature birth and support local programs such as the Mama & Baby Bus, Stork's Nest and NICU Family Support programs at Children's National Medical Center and Georgetown University Hospital.
Premature birth is the most serious infant health problem in the United States today. It affects more than half a million babies nationwide each year, and in the Washington Metropolitan area, close to 3,000 babies are born prematurely annually. Of that number, 100 of babies will not survive to see their first birthday. In addition, babies born too soon are more likely to die or have lifelong disabilities; and the March of Dimes is committed to reversing this trend by funding research to find the causes of premature birth and provide comfort and information to families.
For the latest resources and information, visit marchofdimes.com or nacersano.org.