Local Family Named March for Babies Ambassadors
Las Vegas, NV | Monday, March 5, 2018
Media ContactsDiane Droege (314.513.9957)
LOCAL CHILD NAMED MARCH OF DIMES AMBASSADOR
Efros family will lead March for Babies in Las Vegas
Las Vegas, NV March 5, 2018 — Declan Efros and his parents Rachel and Ryan, have been selected to lead the March for Babies on April 21, 2018 at Cornerstone Park in Henderson, Nevada.
It took a full eight minutes for baby Declan to take his first breath after he was delivered. He went on to spend two months in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). Rachel and Ryan were unable to hold their son or hear his first cry for one excruciating week. Declan was eventually diagnosed with cystic fibrosis and needed special breathing treatments for his lungs and enzymes to help absorb nutrients. He required a surgically placed feeding tube before he was able to go home.
March of Dimes provided comfort and support to the Efros family during their time in the NICU and showed them that they weren’t alone. Opportunities to connect with other families with similar challenges were organized and helpful information was shared. Rachel and Ryan are grateful to March of Dimes, the 15 physicians monitoring Declan’s progress, and especially the nurses who come to their home on a regular basis. Declan has a special flirtatious smile reserved just for them.
According to Rachel, “Serving as the ambassador family is a way for us to show our gratitude for March of Dimes funded programs that helped Declan. We March for Babies because when communities work together, even the toughest problems can be solved.” The Efros family will share their personal storat the event on April 21.
March of Dimes gives 4 million babies born each year the best possible start. Nearly half a million of them are born prematurely or with birth defects. 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. From advocacy to education to research, we’re working to level the playing field so that all moms and babies are healthy.
The March for Babies community bands together to fight for the health of all moms and babies. We raise funds and awareness so that we can solve even the toughest problems. Every March for Babies participant is a leader who has the power to make a huge difference for families.
Register at marchforbabies.org/event/lasvegas to start a team with your company, family or friends or donate directly.
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.
The 2018 March for Babies is sponsored nationally by Kmart, Famous Footwear, Macy’s, HCA, Cigna, Pampers and regional sponsor Publix Super Markets, Inc. In our community, March for Babies is sponsored by Sunrise Health, Big 5 Sporting Goods, The Valley Health System, Women’s Health Association of Southern Nevada, and United Healthcare. Fox 5 KVVU-TV is serving as media partner.
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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.