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Celebrity Volunteers Kick Off March for Babies in Los Angeles

Los Angeles, California — Tuesday, February 08, 2011

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Los Angeles March for Babies celebrity chairs Melissa Joan Hart (photo right) and Joey Lawrence (left) met 7-year-old Lauren Fleming, the March of Dimes 2011 National Ambassador (front row, right) and her family at a breakfast at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center here to kick off the Greater Los Angeles 2011 March for Babies campaign. Also in photo: Densel Fleming holds son Corbin Fleming, age 1, and daughter Erin Fleming, age 3.

Lauren’s mom Nikki and dad Densel Fleming (back row) shared their story about Lauren’s premature birth and five-month stay in the newborn intensive care unit (NICU) near her hometown of Charlotte, NC. The Flemings are traveling across the country this year to raise awareness about the serious problem of premature birth and the importance of March of Dimes-supported research and other programs.

Hundreds of the area’s top business and healthcare leaders also attended the kickoff, led by Thomas M. Priselac, President and CEO, Cedars-Sinai Health System, who is serving as Chair of the 2011 Greater Los Angeles March for Babies.

About March of Dimes
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. The March for Babies is sponsored nationally by the March of Dimes number one corporate supporter Kmart, Farmers Insurance Group, Bayer HealthCare, CIGNA, Famous Footwear, FedEx, Sanofi Pasteur, United Airlines, First Response, and Mission Pharmacal.

For the latest resources and health information, visit our websites and To participate in our annual signature fundraising event, visit If you have been affected by prematurity or birth defects, visit our community to find comfort and support. For detailed national, state and local perinatal statistics, visit You can also find us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter.