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Eli Manning Leads March for Babies in Manhattan

Friday, April 18, 2008 General News J E 4
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NEW YORK, April 17 Thousands of March of Dimes supportersare set to join Super Bowl MVP Eli Manning on Sunday, April 27, when March forBabies, formerly known as WalkAmerica, steps off from Lincoln Center at 65thSt. in Manhattan. Manning, who is the March for Babies Celebrity Chairman forNew York City, will be joined by March of Dimes Foundation President, Dr.Jennifer L. Howse, CBS 2 News Co-Anchor, Maurice DuBois, and CBS 2 Reporter,Sam Ryan. DuBois and Ryan are co-hosting the morning program.

"I'm proud to be partnering with the March of Dimes New York Division,"said Manning. "Everyone can be a champion for baby health by signing up forMarch for Babies." New York City's March for Babies Chairperson, JaneChmielinski, lauded the Super Bowl MVP's involvement. "We are thrilled to havea champion like Eli Manning committed to our cause," she said.

March for Babies is the March of Dimes premier fundraising event thatbenefits all babies-those born healthy as well as those who need help tosurvive and thrive. Now in its 39th year, the March of Dimes walk event wasthe first in the country and last year raised over $117 million to supportprograms of research, advocacy, community programs and education. Other Marchfor Babies events scheduled across the metro area include sites in Queens,Staten Island, Long Island and Westchester. For more information or toregister, visit www.marchforbabies.org.

Premature birth touches half a million babies and their families everyyear in the United States, including over 30,000 in New York State. Babiesborn too soon are more likely to die or have lifelong disabilities. Babiesborn healthy need champions too, to assure they have access to newbornscreening and preventive health care. The March of Dimes is there for allbabies.

National March for Babies sponsors are CIGNA, Continental Airlines, FamousFootwear, Farmers, FedEx, Grain Foods Foundation, Liberty Tax Services,nesting.com, Kmart, Discovery Health, Mead Johnson Nutritionals, OutdoorServices and Ther-Rx. The local Presenting Sponsor is CIGNA. The OfficialMedia sponsor is WCBS-TV and local media partners include WCBS Newsradio 880,New York Post, FOX 5 NY, Clear Channel NY, NY1, NY1 Noticias, Univision 41and Telefutura 68.

March of Dimes is the leading nonprofit organization for pregnancy andbaby health. With chapters nationwide and its premier event, March forBabies, the March of Dimes works to improve the health of babies. For thelatest resources and information, visit www.marchofdimes.com orwww.nacersano.org.

For more information contact:

Ruby Wint, 212.353.8365, rwint@marchofdimes.com

SOURCE March of Dimes
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