UnitedHealthcare Supports March for Babies in the Roanoke Valley
*$10,000 donation helps support research, education and community service
programs that help mothers have healthy, full-term pregnancies
*5K walk starts at the Salem Civic Center on Sunday, May 5
ROANOKE, Va. -- May 3, 2013
UnitedHealthcare is supporting the March for Babies in the Roanoke Valley with
a $10,000 donation. The 5K walk will take place Sunday, May 5, at 2 p.m. at
the Salem Civic Center in Salem.
Each year, the March of Dimes hosts walks in hundreds of cities in all 50
states, Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico. The local March for Babies is
organized annually by the Greater Blue Ridge Division of the March of Dimes.
Participants raise money to support research, education, advocacy and
community service programs that help mothers have healthy, full-term
pregnancies. Since 1970, March for Babies has raised more than $2 billion to
support the March of Dimes.
The March of Dimes is the leading nonprofit organization for pregnancy and
infant health. According to the organization, more than half a million babies
are born too soon each year in the United States, including more than 12,000
in Virginia. The cause of the premature deliveries is unknown in up to 40
percent of cases. March of Dimes researchers study the causes of prematurity
as a step toward preventing it.
“UnitedHealthcare is grateful for the opportunity to support the March for
Babies, an event that brings attention to the important work of the March of
Dimes,” said Mike Weneta, site director for UnitedHealthcare in Roanoke. “We
hope our support will help further the organization’s research and advocacy
efforts and help protect the health of more mothers and babies.”
“The March of Dimes, UnitedHealthcare and its employees share a long-term
commitment to improving the health and well-being of our communities,” said
Martina Cannon, division director of the Greater Blue Ridge Division of the
March of Dimes. “As we celebrate our 75^th anniversary this year, we're
delighted to see how our efforts are making a real difference in the lives of
so many babies and their families.”
UnitedHealthcare employs more than 1,100 people and serves 600,000 Virginians
through a care provider network that includes 106 hospitals and nearly 15,000
More information about March for Babies is available at
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