Truliant's Hall to Chair March of Dimes Winston-Salem
Release date: 5/29/2013
Winston-Salem, N.C. (May 30, 2013) – Todd Hall, chief operating officer at Truliant Federal Credit Union, was recently named the 2014 Winston-Salem March for Babies Chair for the March of Dimes. The announcement was recently made at the kickoff ceremony for the 2013 March for Babies. The nation’s premier walking event, March for Babies is held in 778 communities across the United States and involves more than seven million people every year. This year the March of Dimes celebrates its 75th anniversary.
“I believe the community can easily rally behind the March of Dimes simply because of its important mission to improve the health of babies,” said Hall. “Truliant will be actively involved in raising awareness and money to help the March of Dimes prevent birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality.” Truliant has been a proud supporter of the March of Dimes for more than 20 years and believes in the important research and breakthroughs done by the organization to help unborn babies.
Each year, more than half a million babies are born prematurely, and more than 120,000 babies are born with serious birth defects. March of Dimes events help raise awareness, funds and, ultimately, help reduce the rate of premature birth.
Premature birth costs the United States more than $26 billon every year, according to the Institute of Medicine. According to Thomson Reuters, the average medical costs for a premature baby were more than 10 times as high as they were for a healthy, full-term baby. The costs for a healthy baby from birth to his/her first birthday were $4,551. For a premature baby, the costs were $49,033.
“Many people have been touched by the March of Dimes and may not even know it,” said Hall. “Polio vaccines, good prenatal care and advanced care for premature babies are all initiatives that the organization has researched, funded and supported.”
Now in its 75th year, the March of Dimes continues to strive to prevent birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality through research, community service, education and advocacy all across the United States.