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Greg Burke, athletic director at Northwestern State University, signs on as 2010 Natchitoches March for Babies chair

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NSU Director of Athletics Greg Burke

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  
FOR INFORMATION CONTACT: Lauren Sullivan, 318-448-8294, lhsullivan@marchofdimes.com

Natchitoches, LA, March 12, 2010 — Greg Burke of Northwestern State University has signed on as chair for the 2010 Natchitoches March for Babies, the March of Dimes biggest fundraiser. He has committed to helping the March of Dimes reach their goal of $30,000 that will go towards research and community programs to help moms have full-term pregnancies and babies to begin healthy lives.

In Natchitoches, March for Babies will take place on May 1, 2010 at the Front Street Stage Area with registration beginning at 8 a.m. and the walk beginning at 9 a.m. Businesses and individuals can sign up and raise funds online at www.marchforbabies.org/kickoff2010.

“My wife and I are the proud parents of a beautiful daughter who did not experience any health issues at birth and for that, we are very grateful.  At the same time, funds generated by the March for Babies ensures that ongoing research will decrease, or in some cases even eliminate, birth defects and setbacks which can take a physical and emotional toll on a child and their family.  With that in mind, I am happy to volunteer time and energy towards this wonderful cause and encourage the Natchitoches community to invest a little bit of time that will make a big difference towards making this year’s walk a success.”

Greg joins a distinguished roster of businesses leaders who are spearheading the event in communities across the nation.  Alan Mulally, President and CEO of Ford Motor Company and Ron Gettelfinger, President of United Auto Workers, have joined forces a national co-chairs, with a goal of raising $100 million nationwide to improve the health of babies. 

The most urgent infant health problem in the U.S. today is premature birth. It affects more than half a million babies each year, with the number growing every day. Babies born too soon 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.

National sponsors for the March for Babies are Kmart, Farmers Insurance Group, Continental Airlines, Famous Footwear, FedEx, Sanofi-Paster, First Response and Mission Pharmacal. 

The March of Dimes is the leading nonprofit organization for pregnancy and baby health.  With chapters nationwide and its premier event, March for Babies®, 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.

 

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Written by demon53

March 16, 2010 at 5:14 am

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