CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield’s Chet Burrell Named 2016 March for Babies Honorary Chair

| Wednesday, December 2, 2015

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Arlington, VA, December 02, 2015 —

The March of Dimes announced that Chet Burrell, president and CEO of CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield, has accepted the role of 2016 March for Babies honorary chair for the Maryland-National Capital Area. Burrell will play an integral role in raising awareness and funds to advance the lifesaving research, education and programs at the core of the March of Dimes effort to find causes and preventions for preterm birth, birth defects and infant mortality.

“Premature birth is the leading cause of death for newborns. It touches more than 22,000 babies across Maryland, Virginia and the District every year,” said Burrell. “Each of us, including many CareFirst employees, members and their families, have been helped by the March of Dimes’ work. CareFirst is committed to continuing our long-standing partnership with the March of Dimes, and we are proud to further engage our employees in this year’s March for Babies campaign. Together, we will work to ensure that the Foundation’s mission continues to improve the health of babies throughout our region.”

The March of Dimes is working hard to help women have full-term pregnancies and healthy babies. March for Babies is their largest annual fundraising event. It gives hope to the more than 380,000 babies born too soon each year in the United States.

Last year, more than 12,000 people attended March for Babies in Maryland and the National Capital Area. They raised over $3,000,000 for the March of Dimes. Burrell has committed to raising approximately $300,000 in new revenue as part of next year’s March for Babies goal of $3.3 Million He will also focus on recruiting new companies to participate and lead the community in making a difference for the health of moms and babies.

“We are grateful for Chet’s commitment and excited to have him supporting our mission,” said Tina Cavucci, chapter director for the March of Dimes Maryland-National Capital Area. “His passion and commitment to helping babies will be a huge driving factor in the success of our event.”

There will be numerous March for Babies events in April and May 2016, at locations across Maryland, Northern Virginia and Washington, D.C. Visit www.marchforbabies.org to start a team with co-workers, family and friends or to make a donation.

March for Babies 2016 is sponsored locally by Safeway, Subway, WTOP and The Washington Informer.

About CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield
In its 78th year of service, CareFirst, an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association, is a not-for-profit health care company which, through its affiliates and subsidiaries, offers a comprehensive portfolio of health insurance products and administrative services to 3.4 million individuals and groups in Maryland, the District of Columbia and Northern Virginia. In 2014, CareFirst contributed nearly $55 million to more than 300 community programs designed to increase the accessibility, affordability, safety and quality of health care throughout its market areas. To learn more about CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield, visit our website at www.carefirst.com or follow us on Twitter.

About The 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. For the latest resources and information, visit marchofdimes.org or nacersano.org. Find us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter. The 2016 March for Babies is sponsored nationally by the March of Dimes number one corporate supporter Kmart, Famous Footwear, Macy’s, Cigna, United Airlines and Mission Pharmacal.

Contacts:
Michele Murphy-Hedrick, March of Dimes, (571) 257-2303, mmurphyhedrick@marchofdimes.org
Sarah Wolf, CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield, (410) 528-7051, sarah.wolf@carefirst.com

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.

Visit marchofdimes.org or nacersano.org for more information. Visit shareyourstory.org for comfort and support. Find us on Facebook and follow us on Instagram and Twitter.