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Monday, January 7, 2013

March of Dimes Commemorative Coin Act Headed to the President!

You did it!! On Monday evening, the U.S. Senate passed the March of Dimes Commemorative Coin Act, which honors our 75th anniversary. The sale of these coins in 2015 will yield up to $5 million for our mission of improving the health of women and children. The bill now awaits President Barack Obama’s signature to become law.

Advocacy by chapter volunteers and staff was vital in making this commemorative coin a reality. March of Dimes volunteers across the country created a groundswell of support for this legislation, sending letters, holding meetings and making phone calls to persuade 72 Senators and 305 Representatives – more than two-thirds of each chamber – to cosponsor the respective bills.

During the Great Depression, citizens sent their precious dimes – four billion of them – to the White House to fund research in the successful fight against polio. This time, the sale of these commemorative coins will help fund research and programs to identify the causes of premature birth. A dime defeated polio; this special dollar will help fight premature birth.

Stay tuned in the future for updates about the production and availability of the coin in 2015

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