I am a March of Dimes volunteer working toward the day when all babies are born healthy. The March of Dimes has worked for more than 75 years to help babies get a healthy start in life.

Four million babies were born in the United States last year, and the March of Dimes helped each and every one through research, education, vaccines and breakthroughs. Although you may not realize it, you are a March of Dimes baby if:

• You or someone you know is one of the nearly 8,000 parents who had a premature baby in our state this year.

• You had a healthy baby due in part to good prenatal care at home and from your doctor or nurse.

• Your baby had a heal prick test (newborn screening) to identify potentially life-threatening disorders.

• You have had a polio vaccine.

Premature birth continues to be the leading cause of newborn death in the United States, and claims the lives of about one million babies worldwide each year. The March of Dimes continues to invest in vital research to end premature birth and to fund local programs to help moms have healthy, full-term pregnancies.

March for Babies is coming to Charleston on April 25. It’s an easy and fun way to support this mission. We welcome families, friends and individuals to attend the event. Babies are especially welcome.

Let’s walk together for stronger, healthier babies. Sign up today and start raising funds at marchforbabies.org.

Mary Elizabeth Sease

March for Babies Ambassador

Brennon Street

Charleston