Did you know that in 1 in 9 babies in the United States are born prematurely? Or that in the world, 15 million babies are both prematurely each year?* March of Dimes is a charity that not only helps spread awareness about problems that threaten the health of babies, but they also help mothers have full-term pregnancies.
For the month of March, Travel Advantage Network, a vacation accommodations program, dedicated its charitable efforts to the March of Dimes, raising a total of $1,750. Flavia Oleniewski, Web Designer / Developer, raised funds for this charity that is close to her heart.
“My son was born with a congenital heart defect which required open heart surgery when he was a baby, and my daughter was born at only 28 weeks gestation and spent 68 days in the NICU,” Oleniewski explained. “March of Dimes’ efforts to prevent birth defects and prematurity is my motivation for this month’s fundraiser. Hopefully, through their research, they’ll be able to learn why these things happen and hopefully prevent other families from going through what my kids went through.”
To support this charity, Oleniewski held fun activities throughout March including weekly bingo games, a pancake breakfast, blackjack, daffodil grams, a bake sale, jeans days and a departmental challenge. The IT department won the departmental challenge, collecting over $40 in the baby bottle passed out to all departments during the month, winning a free jeans day.
A big thank you to Flavia and the Travel Advantage Network employees who helped donate towards this charitable cause. To find out more information the March of Dimes, you can visit their official website here.