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Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Thank you, thank you!!!

Communities across the country held March for Babies walks this month. In the Maryland - National Capital Area, 10,380 participated in America’s oldest walking fundraiser to support our mission to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality.

We are incredibly grateful to each and every sponsor, family, individual walker and volunteer who walked, strolled, ran or danced the route to help raise funds to help give every baby a healthy start. You rock!!! And we were thrilled to crown so many children in honor of our 75th anniversary!

See pictures of our March for Babies events on the Maryland National Capital Area Facebook page. We love reading your posts and seeing your photos. So, keep ‘em coming, as we are continuing to upload new photos! And we look forward to seeing the thousands more who will March for Babies with us this weekend.

Again, thank you for joining us and sending us your pictures. Have a fabulously fun day.

Monday, April 29, 2013

Color Couture Salon Fundraiser

Stop by Color Couture Salon April 29th to May 5th in La Plata for a 1/2 price Norbell spray tan only $20!!

ALL proceeds to benefit March of Dimes. Just mention the March of Dimes promotion

Color Couture Salon

505 Charles Street

La Plata, MD 20646




Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Vaccinations during pregnancy

Some infections can harm you and your baby during pregnancy. This is why vaccinations are so important. They help protect your body from infection, and you pass this protection to your baby during pregnancy. This helps keep your baby safe during the first few months of life until he gets his own vaccinations.
Vaccinations also protect you from getting a serious disease that could affect future pregnancies. You probably got vaccinations as a child, but they don’t all protect you for your whole life. Over time, some childhood vaccinations stop working, so you may need what’s called a booster shot as an adult. Plus, there may be new vaccines that weren’t available when you were young, like the flu vaccine, recommended each year, or the Tdap vaccine that is recommended during each pregnancy. Talk to your health care provider to make sure all your vaccinations are up to date.
Not all vaccinations are safe to get during pregnancy. Here’s a link to a chart to help you know when you can get certain vaccinations if you need them. It includes the latest recommendations from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and from the CDC. Talk to your health care provider about vaccinations you need before, during or after pregnancy.

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

The Final Countdown

We are at the final countdown as March for Babies is literally around the corner. Cities from all around the country are gearing up toward the walk. Haven’t registered yet? Don’t delay, sign up today! It is super fast and easy.

Have a fundraising page? Great! Need help reaching your goal? Check out these fundraising suggestions:

• Have a 10 for 10 fundraising challenge. Challenge 10 of your friends/family to donate $10. That’s an easy $100 toward your goal. Consider taking the challenge to Facebook or Twitter.
• Follow up with your donors; make sure to collect all your cash/check donations.
• Looking for one last fundraising push? Consider having a car wash, bake sale, garage sale.
• Had a garage sale and had left over items? Auction them off on Ebay.
• Update your voicemail greeting to include you are walking for March for Babies and provide a link.
• Host a fundraising dinner and invite your friends/family.
• Ask your hair stylist, doctor, dentist, gardener, etc for a donation.
• Include your fundraising link in your email signature and business card.

Monday, April 22, 2013

Hello March for Babies Team Captains,

Thank you so much for your involvement in March for Babies!  The March of Dimes wouldn’t be able to fund life-saving research and important community programs without your support.

Bank Day is designed for Team Captains or individual walkers to turn in money prior to March for Babies to avoid lines at registration.  It is also an opportunity for Team Captains to receive walker incentives for you and your team.

If you are a Team Captain, we encourage you collect your walker’s money and bring it to Bank Day.  By turning in your walker’s money at Bank Day, you will improve their experience at March for Babies because they won’t have to arrive early or wait in line at registration!

Saturday, April 20, 2013

We Will March On

All of us at the March of Dimes were deeply touched and concerned by the explosions at the Boston Marathon on Monday - our hearts and sympathy go out to the families of those who were affected. As March for Babies events approach, we want to assure our dedicated community that the safety of your family, friends, and coworkers is our top priority and we are working closely with local law enforcement to make sure your event is safe and secure.

In the wake of this tragedy, we recognized the need to enhance security at our upcoming March for Babies events and to communicate with the public about our plans. We have contacted local law enforcement and confirmed their commitment to ensuring safety at our event. We have also updated our own emergency preparedness plans and shared this with all staff across our organization. We will also have a moment of silence at our March for Babies events to show our solidarity with the Boston Marathon victims.

We are grateful to our volunteer leaders, corporate sponsors and walkers for supporting our decision to move forward with our planned events. We thank all of you for your perseverance and dedication as we move forward with our mission. Babies still need your help and we hope you will join us as we celebrate our wish for a healthier future for our nation’s children.

Friday, April 19, 2013

What to expect the Day of March for Baby Event!

March for Babies Day is a fun-filled, family-oriented event. This is a day of celebration of all babies: those born healthy, those struggling to thrive and those who didn't go home. Below are a few frequently asked questions. Your team captain will receive a special e-mail from the March of Dimes with site-specific information.

1. What should walkers wear?
Please wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothes (in layers to accommodate temperature changes), cotton or wool socks, and walking or tennis shoes.

2. What happens if it rains?
Toss an umbrella in the trunk of your car. March for Babies takes place rain or shine. If it rains and it would be dangerous to walk, the route will be shortened.

3. What time do I need to arrive?
Check-in and registration begins one hour before the walk. But if you've already turned in your money on Bank Day or did all of your fundraising online, come at least 30 minutes early to enjoy the stage program. Walk start times vary by site.

4. What do I do with my cash and check donations?
If you're walking with a team, ask your team captain about turning in cash and checks before walk day. If you're an individual walker, bring the monies with you to the walk or contact your local office for a special mailing address.

5. Can I bring my children in strollers?
The March of Babies wouldn't be a celebration without children and strollers. All of the routes are on stroller-friendly paths.

6. Are there checkpoints or snacks along the route?
There are checkpoints along the route that will provide rest, refreshments and information. Most will have water and some even have a snack.

7. Can I bring my dog?
March for Babies events are held at a variety of sites, including public parks and private property. If you are considering bringing man's best friend, please contact your local office for possible restrictions. Please consider the breed of your pet and that babies and small children will be at March for Babies.

8. Will there be children's activities at my walk site?
We encourage all walkers to bring their children to March for Babies. Children's activities, which vary by site, include face painting, games, bounce houses and the Fun Bus.

If you have any questions or need more information, please contact your local March of Dimes office

Little Rays of Hope

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Tips & Strategies to Reach Your Fundraising Goal!

Looking for ways to boost your fundraising efforts? Not sure how to motivate your members to reach your team goal? Check out these tips and strategies to help you reach (and excced) your individual and team fundraising goals! And remember, every chance you interact with someone is an opportunity to promote your passion and dedication for stronger, healthier babies, and an excellent way to encourage someone to support our mission.
Maximize Your Contacts:
Utilize email signatures and badges to expand your network. Include fundraising badges in your email signature and use banners on your website, blog or Facebook page to promote your efforts to friends and families.

Update everyone on how close you are to your goal to encourage additional donations. Send emails and letters to those who already donated thanking them for their support and updating them on your fundraising efforts. Follow up with people who were interested in donating, but haven’t yet committed. Use benchmarks in updates and on social media, such as “I’m just three $10 donations from my goal!”

Encourage Donations Everywhere You Go:
Download the iPhone & Android App to take your fundraising with you. Tap your way to your best campaign by seeing up-to-the minute online donations, adding cash and check donations and getting the latest information on March for Babies all from your mobile device.

Accept credit cards, in addition to cash and checks, by utilizing the mobile March for Babies website, in order to give people more options to donate.

Keep Your Team Motivated:
Send updates to your team every week and include both the team’s progress and share stories from those with a connection to our mission, such as our National Ambassador’s Story. If your team is walking for a specific family, include a special message from the family.

Build team spirit by setting up a day to make signs and t-shirts for the day of walk. Arrange for a pre-March for Babies pizza party or outing. Go the extra mile and offer a party as a reward to the whole team if you collectively reach your goal.

Highlight members (fundraising leaders, those who received matching gifts, and/or members who reached a specific milestone in fundraising) through word of mouth, print and at your next team meeting. Create competition by awarding those who raise a certain amount of donations by a specific date with free coffee or homemade baked goods.

Remember, your efforts and the donations raised are helping babies, everywhere. Remind donors that by donating to your walk they are giving to those who are too young and too little to ask for it.

Now let’s hear from you:
What advice do you have for teams and individuals trying to reach their goals?

Friday, April 12, 2013

This Week's Top Ten March for Babies Teams

1.       OneMain Financial, Greater Baltimore: $21,202
2.       Cassidy Turley NOVA, Fairfax County: $17,933
3.       BGE, Greater Baltimore: $17,851
4.       Inova Fairfax Hospital, Fairfax County: $14,412
5.       Prince William Hospital, Prince William County: $12,131
6.       IBM, Washington, DC: $11,345
7.       IBEW – HQ, Washington, DC: $10,734
8.       M&T Bank Greater Baltimore: $10,310
9.       Holy Cross Hospital Walkers, Montgomery County: $8,457
10.   FBLA/PBL – National Center, Fairfax County: $8,145

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

March of Dimes Funds New Preterm Birth Research

Five Scientists Aim to Make Strides in Predicting and Preventing Preterm Birth
WHITE PLAINS, N.Y., March 5, 2013 Five researchers from four states are investigating how genetics and infections interact to cause preterm birth as well as how proteins and hormones regulate a healthy pregnancy, all with the goal of giving more babies a healthy start in life, the March of Dimes announced today.
The researchers will study the role that fetal fibronectin, a protein, plays in triggering premature rupture of the membranes; and how progesterone, a hormone that has been shown to prevent preterm birth in some women, helps a healthy pregnancy.
Nearly half a million babies – one out of every nine – are born too soon each year in the United States. Preterm birth is a serious health problem that costs the nation $26 billion annually. It is the leading cause of neonatal death, and babies who survive an early birth have increased risks of lung disease, cerebral palsy and intellectual and developmental disabilities, problems that can affect their health throughout their lives.
In 2011, the US preterm birth rate dropped to 11.7, the lowest in a decade, but still above the March of Dimes goal of lowering the national rate to 9.6 percent. That goal can be achieved in part by applying known strategies to prevent preterm birth, such as smoking cessation programs, progesterone treatments, and reducing early elective deliveries, the March of Dimes says. But the organization also believes continued research is needed to yield new medical advances to meet the goal.
The grants are awarded for three years and brings the March of Dimes nine-year-old Prematurity Research Initiative (PRI) Grant program’s total grant to nearly $24 million. The PRI program is one of several March of Dimes grant programs available to researchers.
Jeffrey C. Murray, MD, at the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine, identified possible genes involved in preterm birth with the support of a prior March of Dimes PRI grant. This year, funding for his work has been renewed to allow him to build on his past discoveries with the goal of improving health care providers’ ability to predict which women are at high risk of delivering their baby too soon.
Other new grant recipients are:
• Louis Ragolia, PhD, director of Biomedical Research, Winthrop University Hospital, Mineola New York, who is focusing on prostaglandins, specialized lipids that mediate inflammation and play an important role in triggering labor at term, to identify women at risk of infection-related preterm delivery and develop drug treatment to prevent it.
• Indira U. Mysorekar, PhD, Washington University School of Medicine; St. Louis, Missouri, who is working to identify how bacteria and other infection-causing microorganisms attack the placenta and contribute to preterm birth.
• Francesco J. DeMayo, PhD, Baylor College of Medicine, Texas, who is seeking to understand the role progesterone plays in suppressing contractions until term. The hormone has been shown to prevent premature delivery among about one-third of women with a singleton pregnancy.
• Ruth Ann Word, MD, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, is investigating the role of the protein fetal fibronectin in causing preterm premature rupture of the membranes (PPROM), which is associated with 30 to 40 percent of preterm deliveries in the U.S
In 2013, the March of Dimes celebrates its 75th Anniversary and its ongoing work to help babies get a healthy start in life. Early research led to the Salk and Sabin polio vaccines that all babies still receive. Other breakthroughs include new treatments for premature infants and children with birth defects. About 4 million babies are born each year in the United States, and all have benefitted the March of Dimes life saving research and education.
The March of Dimes is the leading nonprofit organization for pregnancy and baby health. With chapters nationwide and its premier event, March for Babies®, the March of Dimes works to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality. For the latest resources and information, visit or Find us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.
The 2013 March for Babies is sponsored nationally by the March of Dimes number one corporate supporter Kmart, Farmers Insurance Group, Macy’s, Cigna, Sanofi Pasteur, Famous Footwear, Actavis, Mission Pharmacal, and United Airlines.

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Eman Quotah is Soaring to greatness for babies!

Eman of Team Eel of Montgomery County March for Babies won airline tickets by revving up her online fundraising!  Thanks Eman and all March for Babies walkers who participated in this challenge!


In celebration of the March of Dimes 75th Anniversary, for every $75 you raise online between Tuesday, March 5th and Wednesday, March 20th, your name will be entered into a drawing for two (2) United Airline tickets.  Airline tickets are good for domestic travel in the US.

Fundraising will be tracked from midnight on March 5th to midnight on March 20th. For every $75 you raise during that time period, you'll receive on entry. Raise $300 and you'll have 4 entries, and so on. Any money raised prior to March 5th will not count toward this particular challenge.

For more information and details on the contest, please contact your local March of Dimes office.

Monday, April 8, 2013

Family Team Incentives

Join the Maryland-National Capital Area Family Team’s Call on April 11th at 8pm!!

Join other March for Babies Family Teams in the Maryland-National Capital Area  to discuses fundraising, recruiting walkers, t-shirts, and walk day events.  This is a great opportunity to ask staff and other Family Teams any questions you may have about March for Babies.
April 11th at 8pm
Call number is : 712-775-7100

Access code: 470884#


For questions please contact Heather Kate at


Hope to hear you there!!!

Sunday, April 7, 2013

Youth Challenge T-Shirt Design Contest Winners

See the two winners of the Youth Challenge T-Shirt Design Contest and learn how to earn the shirt:

 To win the shirt, raise just $75 as part of your walksite’s Youth Challenge Team.  For more information, visit the website.

Friday, April 5, 2013

Mommy and Me Photo Shoot

This spring, we’re going to celebrate the unique bond between Moms and their babies with Mommy & Me Mini-Sessions!

The mini-sessions will be held on Saturday, April 13th from 9am-12pm, with a total of six time slots available. 100% of the proceeds from this fundraiser will go directly to the March of Dimes! All sessions will be held at Green Springs Garden in Alexandria, VA. Your donation includes a 20 minute session, 5 digital images and one spring Facebook timeline cover (donated by The Hummingbird Press) sent via instant download, a print/internet release so you can share your photos, and access to a secure, password-protected online gallery so you can purchase prints directly from my lab.

Your donation to the March of Dimes helps fund programs and research that help moms have healthy, full-term pregnancies. If you can’t attend the mini-session event, please consider making a donation to our team! You can visit our page here:

To purchase your mini-session, please use the button below or contact me today!

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Join us at Dogfish Head Alehouse

This Week's Top Ten March for Babies Teams

   There are some new organizations in the Top Ten Team List this week.
        1.      BGE, Greater Baltimore: $17,376
2.      OneMain Financial, Greater Baltimore: 15,237
3.       Inova Fairfax Hospital, Fairfax County: $12,179
4.       Cassidy Turley NOVA, Fairfax County: $11,675
5.       IBM, Washington, DC: $11,237
6.       Prince William Hospital, Prince William County: $11,063
7.       IBEW – HQ, Washington, DC: $10,204
8.       M&T Bank Greater Baltimore: $8,595
9.       FBLA/PBL – National Center, Fairfax County: $7,750
10.   Holy Cross Hospital Walkers, Montgomery County: $7,734

Bull & Shrimp Roast

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Every baby deserves the BEST!

This year marks our special anniversary, and what better way to honor 75 years of lifesaving breakthroughs than by breaking through our former goals and taking the Be Your Best for Babies challenge!

75 years of passion, perseverance and research has improved — and continues to improve — the health of babies. And I got to thinking…progress of any kind only comes about by pushing further and reaching higher. So let’s do the same! Let’s push further. Let’s set our goals higher than ever in raising funds and growing our teams. The money we raise supports ongoing research into the causes of premature birth, and brings us closer to answers that are just out of reach.

We can all take pride in the lifesaving achievements that we, and caring people just like us, help make possible. So let’s take part in the celebration, too! Let’s reach higher and accept the Be Your Best for Babies challenge. Setting a higher goal makes it more exciting and gives everyone something wonderful to strive for.

So come on…what’s the worst that can happen? Not a thing — IT’S ALL GOOD! Even if we don’t completely reach our best goal, but raise a few dollars more, every dollar makes a difference. Remember, when we raise more money, we are also raising hopes for babies and moms.

Ok, all together now…Happy 75th March of Dimes! And the BEST of health to babies everywhere!


Monday, April 1, 2013

2013 Family Team Apparel Options

Customizing March of Dimes Family Team apparel for your team makes your walk special and unique. We have several options below to help fulfill that need.

National Family Team T-Shirts - The 2013 Family Team logo printed on the front, personalize the back.

Family Team Photo T-Shirt Templates - Several templates ready for you to personalize with a team name and photo.

E.A. Graphics is ready to help you customize your 2013 Family Team T-Shirts. Click on the images below to start customizing your apparel!