March of Dimes is highlighted in Day 2 of the #12DaysofGiving Celebration. Wiss is proud to highlight this organization that works to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality.
The March of Dimes has led the way to discover the genetic causes of birth defects, to promote newborn screening, and to educate medical professionals and the public about best practices for healthy pregnancy. They have supported research for surfactant therapy to treat respiratory distress and helped initiate the system of regional neonatal intensive care for premature and sick babies. Their Folic Acid Campaign achieved a dramatic reduction in the incidence of neural tube defects, birth defects of the brain and spine.
Since 2003, their fight to save babies has been strongly characterized by the Prematurity Campaign. The rising incidence of premature birth has demanded action, and the March of Dimes responded by initiating an intensive, multi-year campaign to raise awareness and find the causes of prematurity.
Alexander Narcise, Wiss' Partner in Charge of the Real Estate and Construction Group, was a part of the March of Dimes Pynes Golf Challenge 2015 Committee, helping others in the real estate community raise over $180,000 at this specific charity event. Alex explains, "I got involved with this specific organization because as a parent, I couldn't imagine having a sick child. I have the fortune of having three healthy children and want to help out in any way possible to ease the anxiety for those who are less fortunate." Wiss looks forward to future opportunities in assisting the March of Dimes with events to help provide a "fighting chance for every baby."