March of Dimes plays ball to save young livesThursday, May 25, 2006 By Mike Samwel
The March of Dimes staff basketball game hosted by Mountain View High School took place on May 5, raising over $1,000. Heritage, Mountain View, and Evergreen faculty members battled for pride for their home school and to help kids in need. Mountain View, the returning champs, took first place with Heritage coming in second, and Evergreen took third. Members of the HHS squad included Mike Smith, Shelly Hjort, and Matt Johnson. All the money raised goes to the March of Dimes, a fundraising organization for premature babies. Lorna Atkins of Mountain View organized the annual event. Donnie McPherson played a big part on the Heritage side of the game, from getting players, to collecting the money. The March of Dimes, founded by Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1938 to fight premature birth, seeks as much help from supporters as possible. With events like this, the establishment continues to be a prevalent charity with supporters all over the country. The March of Dimes also fights to keep unborn babies healthy by trying to keep pregnant women away from anything that will hurt or disable the baby. Drinking alcohol, smoking, and using drugs while pregnant can cause physical and mental birth defects. The complications during birth that these actions cause are life threatening for both baby and the mother. The fight for healthy babies and premature birth will never stop. The March of Dimes is a large establishment, but can still use all the help it can get. Information regarding the March of Dimes and its fundraisers can be found at their website, www.marchofdimes.com.