March for Babies Volunteers Welcomed at NBC’s Today Show
New York City — Thursday, April 24, 2014
NBC’s Today Show welcomed a group of March of Dimes volunteers, clad in the organization’s signature purple color, as they visited the program to help raise awareness for its signature fundraiser, March for Babies. Dylan Dryer, meteorologist for the Today Show interviewed Briana Tortoso about this weekend’s upcoming March for Babies events that’s in nearly 700 communities nationwide.
Briana Tortoso was joined by her husband Matthew and son, John Carlo who was born premature and is a surviving twin. This year, JohnCarlo and Briana are the face of the March for Babies 2014 marketing campaign.
John Carlo and his brother Andrew Joseph were born at 28 weeks on May 16th 2012 at 12:00 pm, not even weighing 3 pounds. Both boys were very ill, they were taken to the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). For two days Andrew Joseph fought for his life, but did not survive. John Carlo spent the 85 days in the NICU and is now a healthy 2-year old.
The family is speaking out and participating in this year’s March for Babies to help raise awareness of the serious problem of premature birth and the lifesaving and education and treatments developed by the March of Dimes.
Carson Daly, a co-host for the Today Show, povided the Tortoso family with an adorable selfie. A March of Dimes supporter and a guest on the show, Dr. Mehmet Öz stopped by to support the group of volunteers for all they do for mom and baby health.
About 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 2014 March for Babies is sponsored nationally by the March of Dimes number one corporate supporter Kmart, Macy’s, Famous Footwear, Cigna, Sanofi Pasteur, Mission Pharmacal, United Airlines and Actavis.
For the latest resources and health information, visit our websites marchofdimes.org and nacersano.org. To participate in our annual signature fundraising event, visit marchforbabies.org. If you have been affected by prematurity or birth defects, visit our shareyourstory.org community to find comfort and support. For detailed national, state and local perinatal statistics, visit persistats.org. You can also find us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter.