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March 12, 2015 - Chris Jett to Lead 2015 March of Dimes Fundraising
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The USA Health System's March for Babies team is accepting new walkers for the march on April 18 at 8 a.m. at Geri Moulton Children's Park. Sign up today!

More than 10,000 Alabama babies will be born premature this year and Chris Jett is working with the March of Dimes to change this. 

112912.jpgJett, who is the Assistant Administrator at USA Children’s and Women’s Hospital, knows how important the March of Dimes mission is to families in the Mobile Area and all over the state. As a father, he has taken on the role of 2015 March for Babies Chair to raise awareness and important funding to help babies born preterm or with birth defects. Jett has made the commitment to lead the efforts within the business community to raise $140,000 for the overall campaign goal. 

March for Babies, the March of Dimes largest fundraiser, helps fund lifesaving research and educational programs aimed at helping moms have healthy babies. This year, the march will happen at 8 a.m. on Saturday, April 18 at Geri Moulton Children’s Park, in front of USA Children’s and Women’s Hospital.

Last year in Mobile, more than $130,000 was raised. This year, Jett and his Executive Leadership Team will focus on recruiting new companies to participate and lead the community in making a difference for the health of moms and babies. 

“This campaign gives me and my hospital a unique opportunity to help the community that I love. And as a father, I can’t think of a more important cause than our babies,” said Jett, who is asking other local businesses for their support in the coming months. “Premature birth is the leading cause of newborn death in this country. One in 6 of our babies here in South Alabama are born premature, and that’s just not acceptable.

"It takes leaders in our community working together to ensure more moms have healthy pregnancies.  More than 20,000 companies nationwide are partnering in March for Babies to help reduce the premature birth rate and improve the health of babies.”

South Alabama residents can sign up today at www.marchforbabies.org and start a team with co-workers, family or friends. Mobile area residents can also join the USA Health System's team, which includes USA's College of Medicine, USA Physicians Group, the Mitchell Cancer Institute, USA Medical Center, and USA Children's & Women's Hospital.

MarchofDimes_2014_Marchers.jpgLast year, more than 250 people attended the event -- which will be held this year at 8 a.m. on Saturday, April 18 at Geri Moulton Children’s Park, in front of the USA Children’s and Women’s Hospital. There will be food and family-friendly activities, as well as memory wall to honor preemies and babies who lost their fight against prematurity and birth defects. 

“We’re so excited to have Chris Jett on board to help us at a local level,” said Riley McDuff, Community Director for the March of Dimes Southwest Alabama Chapter. “His passion for the cause and commitment to helping our babies will be a huge driving factor in the success of our event. We are grateful for his commitment.” 

About the March of Dimes

For more than 75 years, moms and babies have benefited from March of Dimes research, education, vaccines, and breakthroughs. Find out how you can help raise funds to prevent premature birth and birth defects by walking in March for Babies at marchforbabies.org. The 2015 March for Babies is sponsored nationally by Kmart, Famous Footwear, Macy’s, Cigna, United Airlines, and Mission Pharmacal.  Top local sponsors are Publix Super Markets, Inc., USA Children’s and Women’s Hospital, Felder Services and Walmart.

About USA Children's & Women's Hospital 

The University of South Alabama Children's & Women's Hospital is among a handful of freestanding hospitals in the United States dedicated specifically to the health care needs of children and women. USACWH health care professionals are uniquely qualified and equipped to provide a wide range of therapeutic and surgical services for children and women, be it life-threatening illness, traumatic injury, premature birth or high-risk obstetrical and gynecological needs. 

USA Children’s & Women’s Hospital is the Mobile area’s leading provider of health services for newborn babies and their mothers. The Labor & Delivery Unit successfully delivers more than 2,800 babies each year, an average of five to 15 babies each day, which is twice as many births as any other hospital in Mobile. The unit also features 15 private birthing suites promoting family-centered care and three operating rooms for cesarean section deliveries and other obstetric procedures. 

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