“Working with the March of Dimes is a real honor. March for Babies gives everyone in our community the chance to work together for stronger, healthier babies and make a difference in the lives of millions of babies throughout the United States,” said Tursky. “I can’t think of a more important cause than helping to give babies a healthy start in life. Anything that can be done to help prevent prematurity will not only improve the health of the babies, but will also greatly reduce health care costs for these new families.”
March for Babies is the largest annual fundraising event for the March of Dimes. Nearly 4 million babies are born in the U.S. each year, and the March of Dimes has helped each and every one through 75 years of research, education, vaccines and breakthroughs.
As the 2014 Great Lakes March for Babies Chair, Tursky will play an integral role in raising awareness and funds to advance the scientific research and educational programs at the core of the March of Dimes effort to find causes and preventions for preterm birth and birth defects.
Tursky continued, “I am especially pleased to lead the March for Babies in 2014, as Firelands will be embarking on a complete renovation of our current obstetrics and gynecology unit at the hospital during 2014-15. Firelands is focused on improving the birthing experience for the mothers, babies and families who choose our medical center for the birth of their babies. Statistics show that premature birth is the leading cause of newborn death. In Northwest Ohio, one in eight babies is born prematurely. We need our communities to work together to help support full-term pregnancies and healthy babies.”
Last year, the Great Lakes March for Babies raised $56,000. Tursky has made the commitment to raise new revenue as part of the 2014 March for Babies total goal of $65,000.
Local residents who want to join the Great Lakes March for Babies can call Gigi Musser at the March of Dimes, 419 534-3600, or can sign up today at marchforbabies.org and start a team with co-workers, family and friends. In 2013, more than 500 people participated. This year’s Great Lakes March for Babies event will be Saturday, May 3, at Shoreline Park, Sandusky.
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 marchofdimes.com .