I (Sheila Olsen) was an OB nurse for over 18 years and had the unfortunate opportunities to witness the trauma and physical struggles of infants born prematurely or with birth defects. I had headed our OB Dept.'s annual fundraiser for the March of Dimes several years during that time period. My husband Dave is a Nurse Anesthetist who does Pediatric Anesthesia and has also witnessed the results of these heart wrenching births. Together we want to raise money to help fund critically needed research programs for the March of Dimes.
I have been away from that area of work for over 10 years and recently became aware that in 2018 March of Dimes had one of it's lowest years in donations. Tennessee's 2017 statistics on Prematurity Birthrate was 11.1% and received the Grade of D in comparison with other states in the National Statistics on Prematurity.
We plan to host a few local fund raising events in September and October. Videos and Pictures will be posted. Please work together with us by giving a tax free donation to the March of Dimes. Thank you!