Alan Rosenthal - Former National Board Member

I first became involved in 1968. I was a junior in high school, when a very dear friend of mine asked me if I wanted to become involved with the March of Dimes.

When you improve the quality of life at birth, you have the best chance of enhancing life. And that's what has always appealed to me about March of Dimes.

March of Dimes has been a part of so many victories in the fight against birth defects and in the fight to improve maternal and infant health. I believe that legacy of winning is what has continued to attract volunteers to the organization and to propel the organization on to even greater victories. Having been a March of Dimes volunteer since 1968 and having served in the local chapter as its chairman, and then moving on to what was the council of volunteer leadership back then in 1984, I was invited to join the national board of trustees. I served for 11 years, including a few years as vice chairman of the board and as chairman of the development committee.

It's not easy to take on a mission like March of Dimes has over the years from polio, to birth defects, to prematurity, because it affects so many people all around the world.

March of Dimes has played a leadership role in accomplishing each of these objectives.

If you want to really make change, if you really want to improve the quality of life at birth, March of Dimes is the horse you should hitch your wagon to because the March of Dimes gets results. March of Dimes wins.

It's also about putting your money where your mouth is. I have been a fundraiser for the March of Dimes during the entirety of my involvement. And what better way to continue the work of the March of Dimes after I'm gone by leaving a estate gift which I have done. Consistent with my involvement with the organization, I have designated my gift for use in youth programming.

I encourage everyone to not only give money now, but leave money in your estate plan so that the important work of the March of Dimes, the mission that achieves results, can continue.