1/14/2015 MARCH OF DIMES NAMES 2015 DALLAS MARCH FOR BABIES CO-CHAIRS

| Wednesday, January 14, 2015

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Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas’ Hain and Lockton Dunning’s Idoux working to improve the health of local babies.

Dallas, Texas, January 14, 2015 —

             

        

One in eight babies is born prematurely in North Texas each year, and Dr. Paul D. Hain, senior medical director at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas (BCBSTX), and Steve Idoux, a partner and vice president at Lockton Dunning Benefits, will lead the community in giving local babies a chance at a healthy start as the 2015 Dallas March for Babies co-chairs.

March for Babies, the March of Dimes largest fundraiser, helps fund lifesaving research and educational programs aimed at helping moms have healthy babies.  The foundation’s mission is to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality.

Dr. Hain, also a practicing pediatric physician, has witnessed firsthand how important the March of Dimes mission is to families with children who were born prematurely or with birth defects.  At BCBSTX, he plays an important role in fulfilling the organization’s mission: “to promote the health and wellness of our members and communities through accessible, cost effective, quality health care.”  So it is a natural pairing for Dr. Hain and BCBSTX to help March of Dimes raise critical funds for prevention of and research into premature birth.

“Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas is pleased to partner with the March of Dimes, said Dr. Hain, “because it is not just helping children born prematurely today, but actively funding new research into the biochemical signaling patterns that start prematurity.  I’m proud to be part of this community health effort to stop prematurity.”

As a parent, Idoux was touched by the March of Dimes mission when his 4-year old twins, Mack and Elizabeth, were born prematurely at 32 weeks and spent several weeks in the newborn intensive care unit (NICU).

“I am honored to serve as the 2015 March for Babies Co-Chair,” Idoux said. “Like March of Dimes, my company Lockton Dunning Benefits works to improve and save the lives of babies by preventing premature birth because we realize the enormous cost pressures this presents to employers.“

Idoux and his wife, Kathryn, and their children are this year’s Dallas March for Babies Ambassador Family as well.

More than 20,000 residents from the Dallas Division area (Collin, Dallas, Denton, Ellis, Hunt, Kaufman, Navarro and Rockwall counties) will march to help babies on Saturday, April 18. The 5-mile walk will take place at White Rock Lake’s Norbuck Park. March for Babies is scheduled to start at 9 a.m., rain or shine, with opening ceremonies slated to begin at 8:45.

Local residents can sign up to walk as an individual or team for the 2015 event at marchforbabies.org.  For more information contact Kathy Jamison: kjamison@marchofdimes.org, 972/232-1348.

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