Albuquerque, N.M. | Friday, November 2, 2018

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The 15th annual March of Dimes Albuquerque High Heels for High Hopes is set to take place Saturday, November 3, 2018 at the Las Puertas Event Center, beginning at 6PM. Thirteen models will take to the catwalk in a runway-style fashion show and to benefit March of Dimes. The much-anticipated philanthropic fashion event will raise critical funds to benefit March of Dimes’ mission to lead the fight for the health of all moms and babies.  Fashion partner Dillard’s is presenting a Full Autumn Color Story with hair and makeup by Casa Verde Spa and Salon.

For some of the models, this event is very personal, like March of Dimes Ambassador Family mom, Moriah Smith. “I could have died when bringing my three beautiful children into the world because of HELLP Syndrome (hemolysis, elevated liver enzymes, low platelet count), a rare and usually fatal syndrome,” says Moriah. “The U.S. is the most dangerous developed nation in which to give birth. This must change! Being part of High Heels for High Hopes is a way for me to help raise money and awareness. “

 “We are grateful to our models who are lawyers, students, and educators,” says Aisha Smith, March of Dimes Senior Manager Development. “Their support makes a huge difference and helps us raise critical funds and increase awareness of the maternal and infant health crisis taking place in our country.”

“When you support March of Dimes, you make a statement about the world you want to live in–- one in which healthy moms and strong babies are a priority for us all,” says High Hopes for High Heels committee chair, Stephanie C.W. Telles.

The event takes place during November is Prematurity Awareness Month. Premature birth and its complications are the largest contributors to infant death in the U.S. and pregnancy-related death has more than doubled over the past 25 years.

For the third year in a row, more U.S. babies were born too soon with serious risks to their health. Nearly half a million of them are born prematurely or with birth defects. In New Mexico, as in many other states, health disparities are a key issue. While there is no single cause of preterm birth, research shows that chronic inequities and unequal access to quality health care do have a negative impact on these rates. The lowest preterm birth rate among the 100 largest cities in the U.S. in Irvine, CA at 5.5 percent. Yet in the city of Albuquerque, the preterm birth rate is nearly double at 10.7 percent, showing a “tale of two cities” where moms and babies face a higher risk of preterm birth based on their race and zip code.

March of Dimes is committed to working together to improve the health of every mom and baby.  March of Dimes gives 4 million babies born each year the best possible start. Funds raised by High Heels for High Hope help support research, lead programs and provide education and advocacy so that every baby can have the best possible start.

Local top sponsors supporting March of Dimes include: Gold Sponsor Presbyterian Healthcare Services, and other supporting sponsors: Bank of the West, Wells Fargo, Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Mexico, AIC General Contractor, Armstrong, Roth, Whitley, Johnstone Family Law, YogoZo, and First Financial Credit Union.

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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