Minnesota Family Named Top March for Babies Team Fundraiser
MINNEAPOLIS, Aug. 6, 2018
MINNEAPOLIS, Aug. 6, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- March of Dimes announced today that the Brown family from Blaine, Minnesota, is the number one national March for Babies fundraising family team for 2018. Andy and Jenny Brown collectively led their team to raise more than $91,000 for the March for Babies Minneapolis event that took place in late April. Additionally, they were recently appointed as new members to the Greater Minnesota Board where they will work with the leadership team to raise awareness and funds to help fight for the health of all moms and babies.
"The Brown family has played an integral role in helping to raise funds that support the awareness of the health threats moms and babies are facing here in Minnesota and nationwide," said Angela Deegan, March of Dimes Executive Director for the Greater Minnesota market. "We are proud they are the top fundraisers in the country and are extremely excited they are now on our Board so they can help drive efforts to further the March of Dimes mission locally and beyond."
March for Babies takes place during the spring in nearly 400 communities nationwide. The Browns began working with the organization because their personal connection to prematurity and March of Dimes. Their first son, Colton, was born at 24 weeks and lived only 10 days and their second son, Ryland, was born at 28 weeks and is now a thriving 11- year-old. In the seven years of partnering with March of Dimes, the Brown family has collectively raised more than $210,000 for March for Babies and have even formed their own chef gala that has proven to be extremely successful.
"My wife Jenny and I are honored to be recognized as the top family fundraising team in the country because we know first-hand how March of Dimes can help support the health needs of moms and babies," said Andy Brown. "As avid supporters of the organization, we are truly humbled our efforts will help to build healthier families and look forward to furthering our family's commitment by serving on the Greater Minnesota Board."
Funds raised The Browns and other organizations and families support key activities that support the mission of the March of Dimes, including:
- Advocacy for policies that prioritize the health of moms and babies, such as the PREEMIE Reauthorization Act of 2018, introduced in the Senate on June 7.
- Educating medical professionals to make sure that moms and babies get the best possible care.
- Supporting families through March of Dimes NICU Family Support,® which is offered in more than 100 hospitals across the United States, providing support, information and critical health care messages.
- Funding scientific research focused on understanding preterm labor and birth at our network of six Prematurity Research Centers in the United States and Europe. On June 8, we announced a breakthrough discovery to accurately identify pregnant women who would deliver prematurely through a blood test.
The Browns own Build and Balance Chiropractic clinic in Blaine, Minnesota. In addition to supporting March of Dimes, the Browns established the Brown Boys Benefit that supports special requests for families with financial struggles related to prematurity.
About March of Dimes
March of Dimes leads the fight for the health of all moms and babies. We support research, lead programs and provide education and advocacy so that every baby can have the best possible start. Building on a successful 80-year legacy of impact and innovation, we empower every mom and every family. Visit marchofdimes.org or nacersano.org for more information. Visit shareyourstory.org for comfort and support. Find us on Facebook and follow us on Instagram and Twitter.
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