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Sharing Our Story – Reflections from the March of Dimes National Ambassador Family


Birth is supposed to be a joyous time. But for my husband Lee and me, it was shocking. I went into pre-term labor and our son Joshua was born four months early. It was terrifying, and I felt like my world ended when I couldn’t bring my baby home. We learned the March of Dimes funded research and treatments that helped our Josh, now seven years old, survive. They also helped me carry our second son, Alex, almost to term. We knew one day we would give back to the organization that gave us so much.

That’s why we walk in March for Babies and why we’re thrilled to be the 2010 March of Dimes National Ambassador Family. We were also excited to learn that FedEx is a national sponsor for March of Dimes with thousands of team members participating in March for Babies walks across the country. We recently traveled to FedEx headquarters in Memphis, where we met Shannon Brown, SVP & Chief HR Officer for FedEx Express, and had a fun visit. In early March, we also visited the FedEx ramp at Detroit Metro Airport. The FedEx team in Detroit gave us a tour of a FedEx plane! Josh and Alex ran around singing, “We love FedEx!”

On behalf of America’s babies, our family thanks FedEx from the bottom of our hearts for your support of the March of Dimes and March for Babies. Let’s keep the momentum going so we can keep saving babies like ours, and one day soon, all babies will be born healthy.

Melanie Hoffman has always had a strong commitment to community service. Today, she is completely immersed in volunteering with the March of Dimes sitting on numerous committees, raising nearly $60,000 in three years, and now serving as the 2010 National Ambassador Family. Melanie is currently a stay at home mom. She received a B.S. in Communications and Japanese from Cornell University, and an M.A. in Film and TV and Japanese from NYU. Melanie resides in Weston, Fl. with her husband Lee and two sons, Joshua and Alex.

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