Tuesday, October 2, 2012
Charleston, SC, October 2, 2012— Todd Gallati, CEO of Trident Health and Lou Caputo, CEO of Summerville Medical Center, will serve as co-chairs for the 2013 March for Babies in Charleston. They have pledged their commitment to help reach the event goal of $450,000, which will support March of Dimes research and community programs. March for Babies will take place on April 27th, 2013, at Cannon Park in Charleston.
“When you participate in March for Babies, you are helping the March of Dimes mission of working for stronger, healthier babies. The money we raise supports programs to help moms have healthy, full-term pregnancies. And it funds research to find answers to the problems that threaten the health and lives of our state’s tiniest citizens” says Gallati. “I’m serving as the 2013 co-chair for March for Babies because I believe giving a child a healthy birth makes a positive impact on their future quality of life. I challenge Charleston area businesses and families to join me in raising critical funds so more families will know the joy of having a healthy baby.”
“We are honored to have the support of all the employees of Trident Health and Summerville Medical Center” said Caputo. “When our local businesses and families come together for March for Babies they show the whole community the value of volunteer service and community involvement, and they are helping thousands of families and babies.”
The most urgent infant health problem in the U.S. today is premature birth, affecting more than half a million babies each year, with the number growing every day. Babies born too early are more likely to die or have disabilities. The March of Dimes is committed to reducing this toll by funding research to find the answers to premature birth and providing comfort and information to families who are affected.
Each year, the South Carolina Chapter of the March of Dimes invests in mission initiatives statewide, including research grants and local community services. Through these program services, the March of Dimes continues working to prevent birth defects and infant death, reduce South Carolina’s premature birth rate, increase access to prenatal care and educate men and women about having healthy babies.
In Charleston March for Babies is sponsored by Trident Health, Robert Bosch, MUSC Children’s Hospital, Comcast, Publix Supermarkets and Clear Channel Communications.
The March of Dimes is the leading nonprofit organization for pregnancy and baby health. With chapters nationwide, the March of Dimes works to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality. For the latest resources and information, visit marchofdimes.com or nacersano.org. Find us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.