Most people know that the March of Dimes works to prevent birth defects and premature births.
So what does the March of Dimes have to do with vaccines?
The March of Dimes actually got their start as the National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis. Established by President Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1938, that organization worked to support people with polio.
Eddie Cantor, a popular radio personality at the time, to help support the Roosevelt’s foundation, called for:
a march of dimes to reach all the way to the White House.
Over the years, they collected millions of dimes and helped support the research and development of the first polio vaccines.
For more information:
- A History of the March of Dimes
- Facts about the March of Dimes
- Birthday Balls: Franklin D. Roosevelt and the March of Dimes
- Eddie Cantor