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Wear jeans for $5, support March of Dimes fundraiser

Dress down, relax, and wear your favorite pair of blue jeans to support the annual March of Dimes Blue Jeans for Babies fundraiser coming up April 9. Team captains for MUSC March of Dimes will sell Blue Jeans for Babies stickers to faculty and staff for $5 on Friday, April 9. In exchange, participants will be able to dress casually for the day while spreading the March of Dimes' mission to give every baby a healthy start. 
The Blue Jeans for Babies fundraiser is part of the annual March for Babies campaign and has been done at the hospital for more than 10 years. Through the years, March for Babies has generated $828,377 for MUSC. Specifically at MUSC, money has been awarded to different departments and individuals through research grants. Recipients have largely been in the Department of OB/GYN and the College of Nursing.
Sticker dispersal and donation pick up will be conducted by MUSC March of Dimes team captains.
To purchase a sticker, contact Anthony Guarino (Ashley River Tower), Cindy Williams (Harborview Office Tower), Sarah de Barros (Perinatal Administration), Stan Porterfield (Children’s Hospital), David Guarino (Children’s Hospital Administration), Renee Merriam (Women’s Services), Christina McDaniel, (Pediatrics, Rutledge Tower), Rodney Green (Hollings Cancer Center), and Jeanne Hodnett (Institute of Psychiatry).
This year MUSC has a goal of raising $25,000 through all of its fundraising efforts. In addition to Blue Jeans for Babies, the March for Babies will also host the annual March of Dimes March for Babies, scheduled for April 24. March for Babies encourages everyone in the community to come out for a three-mile walk around downtown Charleston to promote awareness and raise money for babies who are born with health complications. Another offering is the Purses for Preemies Sale from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 9 in the MUSC portico. There will be gently used purses available for $5-$25.
For more information or to join the March for Babies Team MUSC, visit

March of Dimes March for Babies
The annual March for Babies will be held April 24 at 8 a.m. in Cannon Park at the corner of Rutledge Avenue and Calhoun Street in downtown Charleston.
An estimated  one out of six babies is born prematurely in South Carolina, and this ratio rises higher among African-American families. Preterm births account for the vast majority of newborn mortality in the state; the fifth highest in the nation.
MUSC helps the March of Dimes enhance and create awareness of prematurity in South Carolina. Ninety percent of the money raised by the March of Dimes facilitates research which improves pregnancy outcomes for everyone.
In 2009, MUSC researchers received more than $800,000 for projects including: monitoring babies’ hearts who have congenital defects; developing living tissue-engineered cochlear implants for hearing restoration in children; and using imaging techniques to understand and determine the effects of fetal inflammation on brain development; and studying brain damage resulting from infections inside the womb.

Friday, April 2, 2010

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