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Thursday, June 30, 2011

Become A March of Dimes Volunteer Advocate And Make A Difference

Advocate That Made a Difference: Highlight Volunteer Advocate Jill Wood

Jill and her husband were joyfully celebrating the healthy birth of their first daughter. But her first night home from the hospital, the baby died. The autopsy found that she had an undiagnosed metabolic birth defect. Jill and her husband converted their pain and loss into action. In 2002, Jill testified before Congress in support of the Newborn Screening Saves Lives Act (.PDF, 14KB). In 2008, the bill was signed into law by President George W. Bush. As a result, in 2010, national guidelines for newborn screening were issued to promote the screening of all babies for life-threatening, identifiable, but treatable, disorders in every state.

Many families have compelling stories that they can share to make changes to improve the quality of healthcare for all babies. By becoming a volunteer advocate, you can help the March of Dimes in Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia make a difference in the lives of mothers and babies. As volunteer advocate, you could share your story on our website, testify before government officials, speak publicly at events, and speak to the media reporters about how your story relates to the March of Dimes public affairs agenda. Each story has a powerful message and we want you to be able to tell yours. Every story matters to us. To find out more about becoming a volunteer advocate contact: Dona Dei (

The March of Dimes Public Affairs agenda focuses on public policies and programs that relate to the Foundation’s mission of improving the health of infants and children by preventing birth defects, premature birth, and infant mortality. Listed are the issues requiring participation by local March of Dimes chapters:

• Access to health coverage for women of child bearing age, infants, and children
• Research funding to prevent prematurity, birth defects, and infant mortality
• Prevention and treatment to improve maternal, infant, and child health
• Institutional concerns pertaining to tax-exempt organizations
By establishing a short list of advocacy issue priorities, all chapters and the National Office will be able to speak with one voice about the Foundation’s legislative and regulatory agenda. To fined our more visit the March of Dimes Advocacy Center.

Heather Kane

NICU Graduate Shirts

Help support the March of Dimes by purchasing these products for your pe use or give as gifts to family and friends. With every purchase you make, a portion of the proceeds directly benefits the March of Dimes.

Many of you have asked were you can get NICU Graduate shirts and sweatshirts for your children and the whole family. They also have bibs, receiving blankets, and cute cuddly bears. To find all the great March of Dimes products check out it out at You can also still order Family Team Merchandise at

Heather Kane

1st Annual United SC Poker Tournament benefiting the March of Dimes

Hosted by United Soccer Club,
2011 Virginia 0ver 30 State Champions
4 Time Final 4 National Finalists
Partnered with Northern Virginia Soccer League (NVSL)

Date: July 23rd
Time: 3pm-10pm
Location: 1757 Golf Club
45120 Waxpool Road
Dulles, VA 20166
Register at :

• Registration is NOW OPEN!!!!
• Seating is limited
• Seats are purchased on a first come, first served basis
• Cash bar and full menu will be in available during the event.
• Long drive Challenge on the driving range
• Table Sponsor spaces are available for purchase

Poker Tournament Details
• Registration starts at 2 PM, and Tournament starts at 3 PM
• $100 Buy-in 4700 in chips to start if you register before July 1st *online or checks
• $120 Buy-in 4000 in chips to start if you register after July 1st *online or checks or walk-in
• $60 (1)Add-on at registration time (extra 3000 in chips)
• $40 (1)Add-on during tournament but before first break (extra 2000 in chips)
• $75 (1)Re-buy allowed before first break only after knocked out (3500 in chips)

Heather Kane