Last week, hundreds of top March of Dimes volunteers from across the country gathered in at the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill to learn about and advocate for March of Dimes efforts while, in conjunction, the nonprofit hosted ShareUnion, a memorable, multi-day retreat for former neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) parents and other mission families. And when the two came together, it was cause for a celebration.
Earlier in the afternoon, FedEx Racing driver Denny Hamlin and supermodel Niki Taylor met with top-ranking Members of Congress to lobby for awareness. Greg Gumbel, CBS sportscaster, met up with them and Dr. Peter Salk, son of Dr. Jonas Salk, developer of the first polio vaccine; Anna Eleanor Roosevelt, granddaughter of FDR, founder of March of Dimes; and David Sanborn, who brought his saxophone to play on stage that night.
Among the causes for the celebration was the organization’s 75th anniversary, recognizing MOD’s three quarters of a century of giving babies a healthy start in life. About 4 million babies are born in the United States each year, and the March of Dimes has helped each and every one through research, education, vaccines and breakthroughs.
*All photos credit Jack Conroy