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April 26, 2009 |
Heather Spohr, a Brentwood mother who charmed readers of her blog nationwide as she chronicled her journey with her prematurely born daughter, was among 11,000 who participated in a March of Dimes benefit walk Saturday at Exposition Park to help prevent premature births. The tragic story of baby Madeline Alice Spohr spread across the Internet on April 7 when the sassy, 17-month-old, blue-eyed girl -- the Spohrs' only child -- died unexpectedly after being rushed to the hospital with respiratory problems.
November 12, 1986 |
John Finger isn't the sort of person who takes things sitting down. When asked to donate to the March of Dimes' polio drive in 1948, the impoverished father of three took to the streets instead, mounting what is thought to be the first walkathon in the charity's history. And he kept on marching for dimes, despite the fact that the charity did not formally institute its nationwideWalkAmerica drive until 1971.
October 5, 2009 |
Nearly 1 in 10 of the world's babies is born prematurely, and about 1 million infants die each year as a result of premature birth, according to a report released Sunday by the March of Dimes. The problem is concentrated in poor countries, with the vast majority of the nearly 13 million preemies born each year in Africa and Asia, the report says. Although Africa has the highest rate of premature births, North America isn't far behind. Why? "That's the 13-million-baby question," said March of Dimes epidemiologist Christopher Howson, who headed the project being debated this week at a child health meeting in India.
August 31, 1986
Let me congratulate you on an insightful profile of Sanford C. Sigoloff of the Wickes Cos., the successful corporate leader and the private man ("Ming the Merciless Is on the Prowl" by Nancy Yoshihara, July 27). Mr. Sigoloff also brings his commitment to win in his involvements outside the business arena. I am happy to tell you that, through Mr. Sigoloff's chairmanship of the Walk-America fund-raising event this year, the March of Dimes in Southern California raised a record $2.2 million, increasing its revenue by over 20% in only one year.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 16, 1992
When I first started walking a couple of years ago, I wouldn't break my stride to pick up anything less than a quarter. After about a year dimes began looking pretty good. Now I even stop for pennies. Just goes to show how hard times are. JOSEPHINE S. YOUNG Gardena
July 12, 2011 |
Smoking during pregnancy increases the risk of a wide range of birth defects, including skull defects, missing or deformed limbs, clubfoot, cleft palate, protrusion of the gastrointestinal system through the skin and heart problems, according to the first major study to examine the incidence of such risks. Smoking during pregnancy is already well known for increasing the risk of miscarriage, low birth weight and premature birth, said Dr. Allan Hackshaw of the University College London Cancer Institute, who led the study, published in the journal Human Reproduction Update.