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Ford and Labor Leaders Join Forces with March of Dimes
Date:10/9/2009

"The March of Dimes is a remarkable organization and the outstanding individuals honored tonight are terrific role models for all of us," said Alan Mulally. "On behalf of all Ford Motor Company stakeholders, I am honored to serve alongside Ron Gettelfinger and these outstanding volunteers for the good of healthy babies."

Dr. Jennifer L. Howse, President of the March of Dimes, shared startling statistics showing that nearly 13 million infants were born preterm worldwide in 2005 and more than a million infants die each year from their early birth. The United States' rate of premature birth has increased by 36 percent in the last 25 years and is a significant contributor to rising health care costs.

"The leadership of volunteers enabled the March of Dimes to conquer polio," said Dr. Howse. "We are confident that the team of Gettelfinger and Mulally, along with 3 million volunteers can reduce the toll of premature birth and help lead the way toward a time when every baby in every community is born healthy."

About the March of Dimes

The March of Dimes is the leading nonprofit organization for pregnancy and baby health. Companies and individuals can join the 2010 March for Babies online at www.marchforbabies.org/kickoff2010.

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