Leads effort to improve health of babies in Macon County
Local business leaders are working with the March of Dimes to prevent preterm birth to give more babies a healthy start in life. Franklin business leader Jim Bross has taken on the role of March for Babies chair. Bross is the president and CEO of Angel Medical Center (AMC) and is also a proud father to a daughter who is now in college, making his connection with babies both personal and meaningful.
“The work of the March of Dimes in supporting care, research and public awareness of risks to our babies is of great value to our community,” said Bross. “For at-risk babies, our OB physicians and other caregivers at Angel Medical Center and Mission Health seek to provide safe and effective care right here in Franklin. It is an honor to help lead this year’s campaign and walk on behalf of our excellent caregivers here at AMC, and to support the work of the March of Dimes in partnering to care for the mostvulnerable members of our community.”
March for Babies is the March of Dimes’ largest annual fundraising event. As March for Babies chair, Bross will play an integral role in raising awareness and gaining funding to advance the scientific research and educational programs at the core of the March of Dimes’ efforts to prevent preterm birth and birth defects. Known throughout Macon County for his fundraising skills, Bross will bring added leadership to March for Babies by recruiting a team of high impact volunteers whose focus will be raising new dollars for the event.
“We are honored to have Jim serve as the 2013 honorary chair,” said Jennifer Hollifield, chairman for the Macon County Steering Committee. “Jim’s dedication to the overall health and well being of all of our community is one of the reasons he was asked to serve in this role. The entire steering committee is excited to welcome Jim as Honorary Chairperson and to work with him this year.”
In addition to Bross, an Ambassador family was selected for this year’s Macon County March for Babies. Peyton, daughter of Brandon and Rachael Williams, was born on Oct. 12, 2012, at only 26 weeks gestation (a full-term pregnancy is 40 weeks.) She weighed only 1 pound and 14 ounces at birth and spent almost two months at the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Mission Hospital. Today, Peyton is a healthy, happy little girl thanks in part to the March of Dimes for their research in the field of neonatal care.
Macon County residents can sign up today at www.marchforbabies.org and start a team with co-workers, family and friends. The three-mile March for Babies walk will be held this year on Saturday, Oct. 5, at Franklin Memorial Park in downtown Franklin. Everyone, whether you are representing a corporate team or family team, is encouraged to come to the Team Captain Kickoff which will be at the Macon Bank Corporate Office on Thursday, July 25, at 12 noon.
In 2013, March of Dimes celebrates its 75th anniversary and its ongoing work to help babies get a healthy start in life. Early research led to the Salk and Sabin polio vaccines that all babies still receive. Other breakthroughs include new treatments for premature infants and children with birth defects. About four million babies are born each year in the United States, and all have benefited from March of Dimes lifesaving research and education. The 2013 March for Babies is sponsored nationally by Kmart, Farmers Insurance Group, Macy's, Cigna, Sanofi Pasteur, Famous Footwear, Actavis, Mission Pharmacal and United Airlines.