| Monday, January 26, 2015

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Carmen Branch, March of Dimes, (972) 232-1349, [email protected]

GE Transportation’s HIlderhoff is helping give Fort Worth area babies a chance at a healthy start.

Fort Worth, Texas, January 26, 2015 —

Jim Hilderhoff, General Manager of Global Services Operations for GE Transportation, is leading the efforts to improve the health of local moms and babies as the 2015 Fort Worth March for Babies Chair.

“It is with great honor that I accept the Fort Worth March for Babies Chair role,” Hilderhoff said. “The importance of the March of Dimes and its mission to work for stronger, healthier babies is unprecedented. In addition to the trauma on families, each premature baby costs society about 12 times more than a baby born without complications. Funds raised through March for Babies support programs and research at local, state and national levels to help moms have healthy, full-term pregnancies.”

March of Dimes works to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality.  Premature birth, defined as less than 37 completed weeks gestation, affects 1 in 9 babies in Tarrant County. It also is the No. 1 killer of all newborns. Babies born just a few weeks early are at risk of severe health problems and lifelong disabilities and often spend their first days or weeks in the NICU fighting for their lives.

Fort Worth Division supporters will march to help babies on Saturday, April 18. The 3-mile walk will take place at Panther Island Pavilion. March for Babies is scheduled to start at 9 a.m., rain or shine, with opening ceremonies slated to begin at 8:30.

Local residents can sign up to walk as an individual or team for the 2015 event at marchforbabies.org.  For more information about March for Babies, contact Kimberly Robinson: [email protected], 682/201-3037.

About March of Dimes

March of Dimes leads the fight for the health of all moms and babies. We support research, lead programs and provide education and advocacy so that every baby can have the best possible start. Building on a successful 80-year legacy of impact and innovation, we empower every mom and every family.

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