Navigation Links
Six-Year-Old Survivor Fights for Preemies Like Himself

March of Dimes Names 2010 National Ambassador

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y., Nov. 9 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Joshua Hoffman of Weston, Fla., was born so early and with so many underdeveloped organs that doctors could not say whether he would survive -- or if he would ever walk, talk, see or hear. Today, the 6-year-old was named March of Dimes 2010 National Ambassador.

Joshua's mom, Melanie Hoffman, recalls, "My first minutes of motherhood and I was completely devastated. My husband, Lee, and I couldn't be more terrified, and I was positive that after just 24 hours I had no more tears left." Joshua was born more than 4 months too soon, weighing 1 pound, 11 ounces.

The Hoffman family credits the research and treatments funded by the March of Dimes with helping Joshua overcome his premature birth. He spent 3 1/2 months in the newborn intensive care unit (NICU) at Baptist Hospital in Miami, Fla., and had many surgeries and treatments, including heart surgery, laser eye surgery and blood transfusions.

As national ambassador, Joshua and his family are helping to raise awareness that premature birth is a common problem with serious health consequences. November is Prematurity Awareness Month(R), and the family is urging everyone to visit to help raise awareness and support research into the causes of premature birth.

"Premature birth can happen to anyone, and when it does happen, it exacts a huge toll emotionally, physically and financially on families," says Dr. Jennifer L. Howse, president of the March of Dimes. "We are grateful to the Hoffman family for sharing their amazing story."

Today, Joshua has a visual impairment with blindness in his right eye and a low field of vision. But that hasn't stopped him from doing what he loves most -- reading, building things, swimming, and giving speeches at March of Dimes events. His father, Lee, says, "Our hearts still skip a beat every time we see Joshua smile, hear him talk and laugh and feel his strong hugs and soft kisses."

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.

As 2010 National Ambassador, Joshua, with his little brother Alex and his parents, will travel the country throughout the year to share his inspiring story and encourage families and companies to join them in making sure all babies get a healthy start in life by participating in March for Babies(R) and other special events.

Continental Airlines will continue to serve as the official airline sponsor of the March of Dimes National Ambassador Program for the 5th consecutive year. Continental President and Chief Operating Officer Jeff Smisek, who will become Chairman and Chief Executive Officer in January 2010, said, "Serving the March of Dimes and our community in this capacity is an honor. We are proud to have the National Ambassador fly with us, and we look forward to taking Joshua and his family to new destinations throughout 2010. We remain committed to the March of Dimes and its goal to prevent birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality and look forward to another successful campaign."

The March of Dimes is the leading nonprofit organization for pregnancy and baby health. For more information, visit or its Spanish language Web site at

To follow Joshua as he travels the country, visit Joshua's blog at

SOURCE March of Dimes

SOURCE March of Dimes
Copyright©2009 PR Newswire.
All rights reserved

Related medicine news :

1. Weight training boosts breast cancer survivors body image and intimate relationship satisfaction
2. Childhood cancer survivors less likely to marry, Yale researchers find
3. VetsFirst Established by United Spinal Association: First and Only Organization to Offer Full Membership to All Disabled Veterans, Their Dependents and Survivors
4. Sharing Miracles Television Program to Feature Baseball Manager, Cancer Survivor Joe Torre
5. Childhood cancer survivors experience suicidal thoughts decades after diagnosis
6. Sexual problems rarely addressed by internists caring for cancer survivors
7. Older workers are the healthy survivors of the workplace
8. 13 Bay Area Breast Cancer Survivors Showcased Fabulously in the New 2010 Pinups for Purpose Calendar
9. Cancer survivors may not be getting the help they need to stop smoking
10. Halos of Hope, ASTRO partner to raise awareness of cancer survivorship
11. ASTRO, Gildas Club Chicago join to promote cancer survivorship
Post Your Comments:
(Date:11/27/2015)... ... November 27, 2015 , ... A simply groundbreaking television series, "Voices in ... that delves into an array of issues that are presently affecting Americans. Dedicated to ... dialogue, this show is changing the subjects consumers focus on, one episode at a ...
(Date:11/27/2015)... ... November 27, 2015 , ... CBD College is proud to announce ... (CAAHEP) awarded accreditation to its Diagnostic Medical Sonography program. CBD College is honored to ... of twelve colleges and universities in the state of California make the cut. CBD ...
(Date:11/27/2015)... ... November 27, 2015 , ... Avid collector, Andrew Hawley ... Michigan boxing style concert posters. This is one of Joplin's most famous and beautiful ... at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. The According to Hawley, "It is ...
(Date:11/26/2015)... ... November 26, 2015 , ... Inevitably when people think ... customers choose to buy during the Black Friday and Cyber Monday massage chair ... to search the Internet high and low to find the best massage chair deals, ...
(Date:11/26/2015)... ... November 26, 2015 , ... ... to discuss bioavailability and the need to integrate dose form selection in early ... with OBN, the membership organization supporting and bringing together the UK’s emerging life ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:11/26/2015)... 2015 --> ... potential att använda SyMRI för att hitta ... patienter med multipel skleros (MS) eller hjärntumörmetastaser ... AB för att kunna använda SyMRI Research ... SyMRI kan man generera flera konstrastbilder från ...
(Date:11/26/2015)... , November 26, 2015 ... --> adds "Global Repaglinide ... "Investigation Report on China Repaglinide Market, ... forecasts data and information to its ... . --> ...
(Date:11/26/2015)... , November 26, 2015 ... of the "Radioimmunoassay Market by Type ... Pharmaceutical Industry, Academics, Clinical Diagnostic Labs), Application ... Forecast to 2020" report to their ... announced the addition of the "Radioimmunoassay ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: