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March of Dimes National Ambassador Families and Senior Leadership Meet with President Obama
Date:2/11/2010

uld survive -- or if he would ever walk, talk, see or hear.

Josh spent 3-1/2 months in the NICU and had many surgeries and treatments, including heart surgery, laser eye surgery and blood transfusions.

Premature birth has increased more than 36 percent in the last 25 years in the United States, and now affects 540,000 babies annually.  It is the leading cause of newborn death and costs the nation more than $26 billion annually in health care costs, according to the Institute of Medicine.

The Hall and Hoffman families traveled to Washington courtesy of Continental Airlines, the official airline sponsor of the National Ambassador Program "Serving the March of Dimes and our community in this capacity is an honor," said Jeff Smisek, Continental Airlines Chairman and Chief Executive Officer.  

The March of Dimes works to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth, and infant mortality.  For more information, visit the March of Dimes Web site at marchofdimes.com or its Spanish language Web site at nacersano.org.

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