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Micro-Preemie Survives to Become March of Dimes 2009 National Ambassador
Date:1/13/2009

ional and physical therapists. The March of Dimes says she was chosen as 2009 National Ambassador because she exemplifies the long-term problems faced by many children who survive an extremely early birth.

The Halls say Katelyn would not be alive today if it wasn't for March of Dimes-funded research that helped save and improve her life. Ashley and Michael are determined to raise a million dollars, the cost of Katelyn's medical care, for the March of Dimes so the organization can help more babies and families. They are well on their way with over $140,000 raised since 2004 when they first began what they call their "lifelong partnership with the March of Dimes" to raise awareness of the organization's achievements and its efforts to give every baby a healthy start in life.

The March of Dimes National Ambassador Program is an annual campaign, started in 1946, that puts a face on the March of Dimes mission. Throughout the year, the National Ambassador attends events and conferences, speaks with volunteers, does media interviews and appears with corporate leaders, celebrities and the president of the United States to raise awareness of the March of Dimes.

Continental Airlines will continue to serve as the official airline sponsor of the March of Dimes 2009 National Ambassador Program. Larry Kellner, Chairman and CEO of Continental Airlines, said, "It has been an honor for us to have served as the official airline sponsor of the National Ambassador Program for the past three years, and we look forward to continuing our partnership in 2009."

The March of Dimes is the leading nonprofit organization for pregnancy and baby health. With chapters nationwide and its premier event, March for Babies(R), the March of Dimes works to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality. For more information about the March of Dimes or March for Babies, visit marchofdim
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