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FIRST PRESIDENCY URGES SUPPORT FOR MARCH OF DIMES FUND DRIVE

The First Presidency has urged support of the 50th anniversary fund-raising drive of the March of Dimes Birth Defects Foundations.

In a statement released Jan. 25, the First Presidency said:"This year marks the 50th anniversary of the March of Dimes, which was initially organized to conquer polio and which for the past quarter century has devoted its resources to the prevention of birth defects. Birth defects are among the most serious child health problems in the United States and, likely, in many other countries. Birth defects account for 30 percent of admissions to U.S. pediatric hospitals, consume billions of dollars in medical care costs, and result in untold human suffering and anquish.

"We commend the March of Dimes Birth Defects Foundation for its efforts and urge all citizens to be generous in their support of these worthy programs."