Emmy Winning co-host of ABC’s The View Sherri Shepherd rang the opening bell at the New York Stock Exchange to kick off The March of Dimes’ March for Babies on March 1, 2010 in New York City. March for Babies, the March of Dimes’ largest fundraising-walking event, is a cause close to Sherri’s heart.
“As the mother of a premature child, I know first-hand the toll an early birth can have on a family. That’s why I’m here today to open the New York Stock Exchange and kick off March for Babies,” said Sherri Shepherd, who is the March of Dimes celebrity spokesperson. “March for Babies helped fund research that saved my son, Jeffrey, who was born three months too soon, and helped millions of other premature babies nationwide. I support the March of Dimes and hope my fans do, too, so that one day all babies will be born healthy.”
Each year, more than 540,000 babies are born premature. Nonprofit organizations such as the March of Dimes help to curtail the number of premature births, birth defects, and infant mortality.