my mother was diagnosed with polio a few weeks before I was born
and immediately became paralyzed from the neck down, her first visitor
was a representative from the March of Dimes (MOD). This volunteer
provided support, and, eventually the MOD paid for her rehabilitation
at Warm Springs, GA. At Warm Springs she regained use of her upper
body and learned to live and function independently in a wheelchair.
My first volunteer memory is pushing my mother's wheelchair down
Scheller Lane in New Albany, Indiana asking neighbors for contributions
to the March of Dimes.
half a century later, I've been selected to chair the National Office
of Volunteers for the March of Dimes. After funding the development
of the polio vaccine, the MOD has refocused its efforts on research
to prevent birth defects and prematurity. Since 1998 more than 2.5
million dollars has gone to local researchers and community programs.
a way to give back to an organization that has helped so many people,
including my family, I've decided to try to raise $100,000 for the
MOD by running seven marathons in seven months on seven continents,
beginning with the Antarctica marathon (not fun).
asking you to make a contribution to the March of Dimes in support
of my attempt to raise this money. My donations thus far have ranged
from $50 to $10,000. I have made a personal contribution to cover
many of my expenses. Your contribution is tax deductible.
here to make a donation
to the March of Dimes in Joe Hale's name
here to email the March of Dimes for more information
or to arrange a donation for Mr. Hale.
by: Mark Bowen