March of Dimes Transformation
March of Dimes fights for the health of all moms and babies. We’re advocating for policies to protect them. We’re working to radically improve the health care …
1938 the disease commonly known as polio
blankets the nation leaving parents and communities in fear
"You can lick infantile paralysis with the March of Dimes."
President Franklin Roosevelt declares war against polio
Challenging his fellow citizens to rally together and send coins to the White House. The March of Dimes is born.
Powered by grassroots support,
Dr. Jonas Salk develops a vaccine proven to be safe effective and potent. Polio is all but wiped out in the United States
Emboldened by our victory over polio, March of Dimes sets our sights on tackling birth defects.
"The March of Dimes for many years has been a most important program" March of Dimes was critical in expanding newborn screening
tests and worked closely with Dr. Virginia Apgar on education and birth defects prevention.
In the 1980s we fund a development of surfactant therapy, a treatment used in helping premature babies survive.
In the 1990s we led efforts to increase folic acid consumption which led to a dramatic reduction in birth defects.
After decades of breakthroughs, we once again stepped up our efforts, this time to fight the problem of premature birth.
As we approach our 80th anniversary. We are still transforming.
Today, March of Dimes leads the fight for the health of all moms and babies
and we won't stop until every mom and every baby is healthy
We believe that every baby deserves the best possible start
Unfortunately not all babies get one. We are changing that.
We're working to level the playing field so that all mothers and babies have access to the tools
they need. Because when a society supports every family the future is brighter for all.
And when communities come together
even the toughest problems can be solved.