March of Dimes celebrates 75 years of healthy births

Guinevere Knopp, the 75th baby born in Beaufort this year at Beaufort Memorial Hospital, has a better chance for a long and healthy life than earlier generations, thanks to 75 years of health advances made possible in part by the March of Dimes.  Guinevere was born at 8:05 a.m. on January 18, 2013, to Matthew and Lori Knopp.

“The birth of every baby is a joy and something to celebrate,” said Ashley Lindquist, Community Director for the March of Dimes. “Babies like Guinevere, born in this March of Dimes anniversary year, represent how far we have come in infant health — and how much more we can do for our babies. We’re thrilled to be working together with Beaufort Memorial Hospital toward a day when every baby gets a healthy start in life. “

About 4 million babies are born in the United States each year, and the March of Dimes helps each and every one of them through its history of research, education, vaccines and breakthroughs. The March of Dimes says babies born in 2013 will live longer and are less likely to have birth defects than those born 75 years ago.  They are also much less likely to die from an infectious disease thanks to widespread use of vaccinations to prevent polio, rubella, measles and several other infections.

Beaufort Memorial is the gold champion sponsor of the annual March for Babies in Beaufort on April 20. Visit www.marchforbabies.org to register now or call 843-571-1776 for more information. For more information on the history of March of Dimes, visit www.marchofdimes.com/75. To learn more about Beaufort Memorial Hospital, visit www.bmhsc.org.

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