The first great polio epidemic in the U.S. was in 1916. The disease infected mostly children, killing thousands and leaving many more paralyzed. On a summer day in 1921, Franklin D. Roosevelt became one of its victims and the March of Dimes was born.
Through life saving research the March of Dimes beat polio, but they continue their efforts to help children today by working to save babies from the silent crisis of premature birth.
March of Dimes has hosted March for Babies, formerly known as WalkAmerica, the first charitable walking event in the United States, annually since 1970. It has helped to raise more than $1.7 billion to fund research and programs to prevent premature birth.
[My friends and I at a March for Babies event]
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