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Babette Honore presenting Jeff Poltawsky with plaque; Childrens Hospital Honored by March of DimesMADISON – American Family Children's Hospital was recently honored by the March of Dimes for its support and commitment to the organization's work on behalf of all babies.

"We are very pleased to receive this recognition," said Jeff Poltawsky, vice president of American Family Children’s. "In many ways, our mission and the mission of the March of Dimes are closely aligned – we're both working to improve the health and lives of infants and ultimately children through research and education."

One of the primary health issues on which the March of Dimes focuses is prematurity. Each year, more than half a million babies are born prematurely, or earlier than 37 weeks gestation. In Wisconsin, roughly 11 percent, or one in eight, of all babies born each year are born preterm. That number has increased nearly 10 percent over the last decade.

The effects of prematurity can be seen throughout a baby's entire life. Physical disabilities, cerebral palsy, cognitive impairment, learning disabilities, even attention deficit disorder are just a few of the issues a premature infant may face.
To raise funds, and awareness, about prematurity and many of the issues that can affect infants, the March of Dimes has changed the name of its signature fundraising event to March for Babies. The name more accurately reflects the organization's work on behalf of all babies. This year, the March for Babies will take place May 3, beginning at Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd, in downtown Madison.

Learn more about how you can participate in the upcoming March for Babies. And, if you're on the walk, be sure to visit the American Family Children's Hospital/Unity checkpoint for some healthy walking refreshments.

Date Published: 04/28/2008

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