Local Executive Leads Boston March for Babies

| Tuesday, March 10, 2015

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Boston, MA, March 10, 2015 —


More than 7,000 of Massachusetts babies will be born premature this year, and business leader Rick Martino is working with the March of Dimes to change this.

 Martino, who is Vice President of Global Human Resources at Bose Corporation, knows how important the March of Dimes mission is to families in Massachusetts. As a father and business leader he has taken on the role of 2015 March for Babies Revenue Chair to raise awareness and important funding to help babies born prematurely or with birth defects.

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 Boston, more than $800,000 was raised.  This year, March for Babies Chair Martino will focus on recruiting new companies to participate and lead the community in making a difference for the health of moms and babies with a goal of raising one million dollars.

 “As a business leader, this campaign gives me and my company a unique opportunity to help the community where I live and work.  And as a father, I can’t think of a more important cause than our babies,” said Martino, who will be asking other local businesses for their support in the coming months. “Premature birth is the leading cause of newborn death in this country. One in 9 of our babies here in Massachusetts are born premature, and that’s just not acceptable.  It takes leaders in our community working together to ensure more moms have healthy pregnancies.  Across the United States, more than 20,000 companies are partnering in March for Babies to help reduce the premature birth rate and improve the health of babies.”

 Boston residents can sign up today at www.marchforbabies.org and start a team with co-workers, family or friends. Last year, more than 5,000 people attended the event -- which will be held this year on May 9th, 2015.

“We’re so excited to have Rick on board to help us at a local level,” said Vanessa Medeiros, Executive Director for the Boston March of Dimes. “His passion for the cause and pledge to help our babies will be a huge driving factor in the success of our event. We are grateful for his commitment.”

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 marchforbabies.org.  Find us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter. The 2015 March for Babies is sponsored locally by Genzyme a Sanofi Company, Premier Ultrasound Services, Humboldt Storage and Moving, Boston Bruins Foundation, CBS Radio, Boston Parents Paper and RCN Cable.

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.