March of Dimes…Together We Can Help Babies!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAWe’re incredibly fond of March of Dimes. Their work has a simple, but incredibly important purpose, “Improving the health of babies,” and it’s a purpose we’re extremely proud to support. Every year, every PacificSource employee (across Oregon, Idaho, and Montana) has the opportunity to help our organization support March of Dimes thanks to our company wide fundraising campaign. As the leader of that campaign, our campaign chairperson, Linda, wanted to share what March of Dimes does for pregnant mothers and babies. Here’s the post from Linda:

Meet Linda!

Meet Linda!

Last week, I had the chance to attend the March for Babies 2014 Kickoff luncheon and inspiration was at an all-time high! I’d always known how important the organization was, but I learned a few things that really opened my eyes. At the kick-off, I learned a series of staggering facts about premature births; like the hospital costs associated with a premature baby is $50,000 versus the typical $4,000 for a healthy baby. I also learned that each year more than 5,200 babies are born prematurely in the state of Oregon; and that money raised by the March of Dimes goes to help fund research to prevent birth defects in infants. For example, Dr. Kryn Stankunas of the University of Oregon has conducted intensive research about heart valve development. This research will help combat heart defects which is the most prevalent birth defect in infants.

We are so motivated now to make this year’s campaign one of the best ever, and I hope that everyone will get involved and join us. Check out this year’s March for Babies Video for Southern Oregon and then go to the March for Babies website and register to walk…together we can help babies!!

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