Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Blue Jeans For Babies

Hooray for Blue Jeans!

Since 1981, the number of premature births in the United States has increased more than 30 percent. Despite all the advances in medicine and the quality of life in America, premature birth touches half a million babies and their families each year. Preemies can suffer lifelong consequences like developmental disabilities, blindness, chronic lung disease and cerebral palsy. The average medical cost of one premature baby is more than $500,000 -- but the emotional cost is immeasurable to families.

Throughout its 70-year history, the March of Dimes has championed medical breakthroughs from the eradication of polio to pioneering fetal surgeries to contributing to a reduction in neural tube birth defects. Now, the March of Dimes is taking on premature birth -- and striving to give all babies a healthy start.

The March of Dimes imagines a day when no baby is born too soon. You can help by joining the Blue Jeans for Babies campaign November 17-21. During this week, hundreds of businesses and organizations throughout the state of Kansas will be wearing blue jeans to support the March of Dimes and its campaign for healthier babies.

The Blue Jeans for Babies campaign is very simple. For a donation of $5, employees receive a Blue Jeans for Babies sticker, allowing them to wear jeans for one day during the week of November 17-21. Employees who donate $20 will receive a Blue Jeans for Babies T-shirt and the opportunity to wear jeans for the entire week. It’s that easy!

Join in the fun and identify a Blue Jeans for Babies Coordinator in your workplace. Mail a completed registration form to the March of Dimes office and a packet with all the campaign details will be sent to you.

Your support will help fund March of Dimes programs and services right here in Kansas and ensure all babies a healthy start in life. Providing a healthy start for our children by fighting birth defects, pre-term birth and infant mortality is a critical component to their welfare. I hope you will join me in this fight!

If you are interested, contact Jill Bosley at JBosley@marchofdimes.com. And, if your workplace participates, I would love a picture to post on the blog!


Melissa said...

Hi! I just stumbled across your blog, following a link from Ashton's site. Olivia is gorgeous!

I am also a mother of preemie twins and reading your story of your beautiful daughter and angel son touched my heart. Your blog is wonderful.

After my twins' NICU stay, I have vowed to forever and always do everything in my power to support the March of Dimes. I would love to start the Blue Jeans program at my own workplace, but I haven't heard of it being done locally. In your post, you mentioned that it was being done across Kansas. Do you happen to know if is a national project or just in your state? We are in PA, and I would love to get it going here! Please come check out my blog and let me know if you have any info about how to start the blue jeans program here. Thanks!

Devon Rene said...

what a cool idea!

too bad everyone is LA pretty much wears jeans all the time!