On April 27 students and staff from Globe University-Eau Claire had an opportunity to step up to help March of Dimes raise funds to research life saving breakthroughs to help save thousands of babies’ lives.
Tonia Johnson, Eau Claire March of Dimes coordinator, called Globe University looking for assistance in getting the March for Babies annual event rolling. Two students and three staff members from Globe University participated by counting money at Bank Day and on the day of the March at Carson Park.
There was a lot of enthusiasm about the project. Student Cassandra Conroy, happy to help, stated, “I have always wanted to volunteer for this organization. I think it is a wonderful cause. Who doesn’t love babies! I was also born premature, so I know some of the struggles that you face. I also know how important healthy pregnancies are.”
Even student Tessa Bignell, who initially was not enthused about being involved in this service-learning project at the start, grew in her enthusiasm after becoming involved in the March of Dimes event. Her interview with Tonia helped her understand the value of the project. She stated, “While I’m not the pro-active type, there are people out there who are passionate about the problems of the world and try to make a collective difference.”
It would be difficult not to become enthused when speaking with Tonia. Her passion for her work with March of Dimes is evident. She was also enthused about the help Globe University and the community offered. It is easy to see the enthusiasm of the community that stepped up to raise funds and participate in the March for Babies.
The March of Dimes was established by President Franklin D. Roosevelt to fight polio as a result of his personal struggle with polio. The research and funding created vaccines that ended the polio epidemic. The focus of research and fund raising then turned to the prevention of birth defects and infant mortality. The research, screenings, and education have saved the lives of thousands of babies.