Racing Star Denny Hamlin and Six-Year Old Boy Help Rev Up the 2012 March for Babies®
FedEx Driver and National Ambassador Spread the Message for Healthy Moms and Babies
White Plains, New York — Thursday, April 12, 2012
FedEx Racing driver Denny Hamlin and 2012 March of Dimes National Ambassador Kieran Wittstruck, age six, will team up at Texas Motor Speedway this weekend to help “rev up” revenue and awareness for the March of Dimes top fundraising event, March for Babies.
“I’m so proud to help support the effort of the March of Dimes again this weekend,” said Hamlin, a two-time Texas race winner. “This is the fifth time we have had their logo on the hood of our race car, and each year it gives our FedEx team the extra boost it needs to try to get to victory lane.”
The #11 FedEx Office/March for Babies® Toyota will be raced this weekend by Hamlin, under the guidance of pro football Hall of Fame team owner Coach Joe Gibbs, and young Kieran, who was born at 31 weeks, weighing just three pounds, one ounce. Thanks to March of Dimes-funded treatments and the medical care Kieran received, he’s thriving today and traveling the country with his parents.
“Kieran, his family and FedEx are long-time supporters of our mission to give all babies a healthy start in life,” said Dr. Jennifer L. Howse, President of the March of Dimes. “We are grateful to FedEx for their help to fund our research and programs that give children like Kieran a chance for a healthy, productive life.”
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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.
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.