CHI Franciscan Health Executive Leads Pierce County March for Babies

| Thursday, March 19, 2015

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Mary LaFalce Chairs 2015 March for Babies

Tacoma, WA, March 19, 2015 —
CHI Franciscan Health Executive Leads March of Dimes

Effort to Improve the Health of Pierce County Babies

Mary LaFalce Chairs 2015 March for Babies


Tacoma, WA (March 19, 2015) — The March of Dimes is fighting the epidemic of prematurity.  On average, a baby is born too soon every minute. More than 8,400 of Washington’s babies will be born prematurely this year, and CHI Franciscan Health executive Mary LaFalce is working with the March of Dimes to change this.


LaFalce, associate vice president of Women’s and Children’s Services at CHI Franciscan, understands the importance of the March of Dimes mission. As both a parent and an advocate for healthy babies, she has taken on the role as chair of the March for Babies walk in Pierce County.  LaFalce encourages the Pierce County community to support her in raising $60,000 in new revenue as part of an overall goal of $340,000.


March for Babies, the March of Dimes largest fundraiser, helps fund lifesaving research and educational programs aimed at helping moms have healthy babies. Last year in Pierce County more than $300,000 was raised.  This year, LaFalce will focus on recruiting more Pierce County businesses to participate and help lead the community in making a difference for the health of moms and babies.


“As a health care executive, this campaign gives me and CHI Franciscan a unique opportunity to help the community that I love,” said LaFalce. “As a parent, I can’t think of a more important cause than our babies.”


“One in ten babies born in Washington state are premature, and that’s just not acceptable.  Seeing the preemies in our Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, especially those as little as two pounds, I am truly moved,” LaFalce says.  “It motivates me to reach out and support the March of Dimes and their ongoing efforts to improve the care of moms and babies in our community.”


Pierce County residents can sign up today at and start a team with co-workers, family or friends.  Last year, more than 1,800 people attended March for Babies -- which will be held this year on May 16th at Wilson High School in Tacoma.  For more information, call 253-752-9255.


“We’re so excited to have Mary on board to help us in Pierce County,” said Division Director Heather Brown with the March of Dimes Washington Chapter. “Her passion for the cause and commitment to helping our babies will be a huge driving factor in the success of our event. We are grateful for her commitment.”


March for Babies is sponsored nationally by Kmart, Famous Footwear, Macy’s, Cigna, Mission Pharmacal, and United Airlines.

Our local sponsors include CHI Franciscan Health, MultiCare Health System, OB Hospitalist Group, KeyBank, Les Schwab Tires, KING 5, WARM 106.9, Click 98.9 and MOViN 92.5


About the March of Dimes

For more than 75 years, moms and babies have benefited from March of Dimes research, education, vaccines, and breakthroughs. Find out how you can help raise funds to prevent premature birth and birth defects by walking in March for Babies at  Find us on Facebook @marchofdimeswa and follow us on Twitter @marchofdimeswa.


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About March of Dimes

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