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Hospital aims for a mile of dimes
Fundraiser Wednesday to benefit ill babies
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Forsyth County News


Ever wondered how many dimes it would take to equal a mile?

That’s what organizers of a fundraiser hope to find out Wednesday.

Area March of Dimes volunteers will be collecting dimes, dollars, pennies and any other denominations from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Northside Hospital-Forsyth.

They hope to raise enough donations to equal “a mile of dimes.”

March of Dimes is a national, voluntary health agency dedicated to improving the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature births and infant mortality.

Mary Brignati, community director for the March of Dimes, explained that for every dollar received, volunteers will measure a section of ribbon to be added to a display along the hospital’s perimeter, which equals a mile.

She said the ribbon will also allow donors to write a special message in honor of or in tribute to a particular baby in their lives.

The display is aimed at raising awareness about the March of Dimes and in particular, Prematurity Awareness Month, which is November, Brignati said.

If the goal of “a mile of dimes,” or 5,280 feet, is achieved, more than $9,000 will have been raised for research to prevent premature births.

Donations can be turned in and ribbon can be picked up in front of the hospital cafeteria in the 1400 Building.

For more on local March of Dimes activities or how to get involved, contact Brignati at (678) 564-5244 or e-mail