March of Dimes, a brief history

Posted By Shannon Emmanuel

Lisa Hall has been the Community Director for the Greater Piedmont Division of the March of Dimes for over two years. The Greater Piedmont Division covers 11 counties in the Southern Piedmont area of NC, ranging from Lincoln and Cleveland Counties in the West and spanning as far East as Anson and Richmond Counties. Founded in 1938, the mission of the March of Dimes is to lead, direct and unify the fight against polio. The first person to develop a safe, effective vaccine against polio was Dr. Jonas Salk. The March of Dimes paid for and sponsored a field trial in 1954 which involved 1.8 million school children in the U.S., Canada and Finland. On April 12, 1955, the Salk Vaccine was declared “safe, effective and potent” and licensed by the U.S. to end polio. The polio vaccine was only the beginning. Since then, the March of Dimes has focused much of their attention on premature births and birth defect treatments. The core values they strive to serve are clear: Bringing Science into Service for People; Building Public Trust; and Gathering the Power of Volunteers. For information on how you can support this organization, please contact Lisa Hall at 704-377-2009 or

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