The March of Dimes

Felina Martin loves to organize the Wine Fest, the biggest fund raising event for the March of Dimes. She says it's personal.

"I lost a child 10 years ago due to premature birth. For me to make sure we are raising money for education, it means the world to save another baby."

The March of Dimes has a winning record after defeating polio decades ago. Now, the organization is attacking premature births.

“If we can do something about the number of premature births, we have in this country, we can export that around the world, just like we did with polio," says Tom Gallagher.

Grandmother Linda Richardson is thrilled to attend events with the March of Dimes. Three years ago, her daughter gave birth 12 weeks early to twins.

"John is the survivor. Jada passed seven days later. John was born at 1.7 pounds and dropped weight. Today he is a miracle, we love him," Linda says.

Linda says it was the March of Dimes that helped her grandson pull through. Today, the March of Dimes says one in eight babies is born prematurely. They say they won't stop until that number is zero.

Friday evening during the Wine Fest, and best of Tallahassee event, Tom Gallagher was awarded "The Lifetime Achievement Award" from the March of Dimes for 20 years of work with the organization.


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