Meet Aidan Lamothe, our 2014 National Ambassador
Leaving the hospital without my baby was the hardest thing I've ever had to do," says mom, Jill. "I'll never forget that empty feeling." Aidan Lamothe was born 12 weeks early, weighing just 3 lbs., and his parents still don't know why he came too soon. Jill and her husband, Dave, were thrust into the frightening world of the newborn intensive care unit (NICU) where Aidan spent 7 weeks.
Seeking local resources and a way to give back, Jill and Dave connected with the March of Dimes chapter in Manchester, N.H., and have been volunteering since Aidan was a baby. When he was 4 years old, he met a March of Dimes ambassador child and decided he wanted to volunteer, too. He wanted to tell his story to help other kids. Even as a very young child, he understood how serious it is to be born prematurely. He and his family visit the NICU every year on his birthday, to honor the doctors and nurses who saved his life. Aidan, and so many other premature babies, wouldn’t have survived without specialized treatment in the NICU, developed in part by research funded by the March of Dimes.
Today, Aidan is an adventurous 6-year-old who loves playing baseball, playing the piano and doing gymnastics. He's so proud to serve as the 2014 National Ambassador and is traveling the country with his parents to share his story and help raise funds and awareness of premature birth. Check out his Facebook page.
United Airlines is the Official Airline Sponsor of the 2014 National Ambassador Program.
Frequently Asked Questions
How are National Ambassador Families chosen?
Families are nominated by local chapters in the spring. One family is choosen by March of Dimes leadership.
How can I become a March of Dimes Ambassador?
Contact your local March of Dimes chapter.
How does my family get involved with March of Dimes?
- Join our online community
- Register for March for Babies
- Become an Ambassador Family: Ambassador children and their families bring a face to the mission of the March of Dimes for your coworkers, friends and sponsors. Ambassador Family members can tell the story of how their lives have been touched by the March of Dimes. Then people can hear and see the connection between their efforts, the well-being of the child standing in front of them, and the health of thousands of other children across the country. Contact your local March of Dimes chapter today.
What is a March of Dimes Ambassador?
- A family or individual who shares their story to inspire others and raise awareness
- Celebrities touched by the mission or who are passionate about giving back and raising awareness for stronger healthier babies
- Prominent community leaders advocating for our mission
What is the National Ambassador Family Program?
The National Ambassador Program provides an opportunity for a volunteer family to help convey the mission of the March of Dimes by sharing their personal experience in publicity and appearances. The family donates its time, and appearances are scheduled through the National Office for chapters that request the National Ambassador Family to visit.
Throughout the year, the National Ambassador Family travels across the country to hundreds of meetings, special events, conferences, and fundraising activities, sharing their compelling story with millions of Americans.