March of Dimes
The March of Dimes Foundation is a United States nonprofit organisation that was established by President Franklin Delano Roosevelt as the National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis (NFIP) on January 3, 1938, to combat Polio. Following the discovery of the polio vaccine, it adopted a new mission, "fighting birth defects", which was recently changed to a broader goal of, improving the health of mothers and babies.
The March of Dimes provides mothers, pregnant women and women of childbearing age with educational resources on baby health, pregnancy, preconception and new motherhood, as well as supplying information and support to families affected by prematurity, birth defects, or other infant health problems. March of Dimes volunteers and staff work on a bipartisan basis at federal and state levels to advocate for programs to improve the health of pregnant women, babies, and children such as expanded newborn screening and greater access to health care insurance.
Every April the March of Dimes along with many supporting community groups holds a Walk-A-Thon at John Prince Park. This is a multi-mile course in and out of the park. The West Palm Beach Amateur Radio Club provides communications for this event with "Hams" located at each water station on the route, Hams operating vans that follow the route to provide transport for those unable to continue, and with bicycle mobile Hams keeping pace with the walkers. With a combination of FM and D-Star radios equipped with GPS we are able to track the position of each mobile Ham to provide the quickest response to any given need.