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March of Dimes marking 75th year

December 17, 2012
By John Wickline - Staff Writer , The Inter-Mountain

Amber Huff and her staff spent about two hours one day cutting and pasting together bundles of ornaments that commemorate the March of Dimes' 75th anniversary in 2013.

Those $1 ornaments, which can be purchased by calling 304-933-6803, are used to further the research for healthy pregnancies and for the education of moms-to-be.

"We sat down on the floor, poured the potpourri and put on the logo," said Huff, the Northern West Virginia Division Director

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Amber Huff, the Northern West Virginia Division Director for the March of Dimes, and Michele Skaggs, right, show the ornaments the organization is selling to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the March of Dimes in 2013. The ornaments are available for $1 by calling 304-933-6803.

Prompted by his own personal struggles with polio, President Franklin D. Roosevelt established the March of Dimes in 1938 to fight the disease. Since then, the March of Dimes' focus has shifted to preventing premature births and birth defects. Since 2003, that fight has grown to include the Prematurity Campaign.

"We are all about prevention," Huff said. "The baby is worth the wait."

The March of Dimes Healthy Babies are Worth the Wait campaign advises women to wait 39 weeks before inducing labor or scheduling a c-section. More and more births are being scheduled early for non-medical reasons, but experts are learning that this can cause problems for both the mother and the baby.

Information on the offerings of the March of Dimes can be found at local pediatricians' offices, along with local obstetrics physicians' offices. The local division is also working with West Virginia University hospitals to educate doctors and mothers-to-be on healthy pregnancies.

To help raise funds for the educational and research programs, a series of walks are being scheduled for April and May across the state. Huff said walks will be held in Wheeling, Morgantown, Clarksburg, Jefferson and Berkeley counties. Educational campaigns are also being scheduled across the region in schools. Huff said details on the events will be released as they draw closer.

To find out how to participate in a March of Dimes walk or to make a donation, call the local office or log on to



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