Preview: March for the Dimes

By Marc Duhamel, Reporter

On Saturday, April 30 the March of Dimes walkathon will take place to help raise money for research in the fight against prematurity. The March of Dimes was founded by President Franklin D. Roosevelt as a non-profit organization to improve the health of mother’s and their babies. It was created in 1938 to combat polio. In 1955, thanks to the funding of March of Dimes, they found a vaccine for polio.

FBLA members and some other students are going to the event. The March of Dimes walkathon starts at the Moda Center and goes on both sides of the Willamette River and back to the Moda Center. The walk is six miles long with great scenery. There is a checkpoint at the beginning of each mile where walk passports are stamped and giveaways like an orange, water, or an item like a whistle, frisbee, or wristband is given away. It’s fun, if you like to walk or to fundraise, and there are great spots for selfies and group photographs. It’s a great way to support a successful organization.