To the editor: Most people do not recall the first steps they ever took. Due to birth defects, my sister took her first steps when she was 4-and-a-half years old with the aid of leg braces. Those braces were provided by the March of Dimes.
Established by President Roosevelt in 1938, it was called The National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis. In 1979, the name was officially changed to the March of Dimes.
In 2001, the World Health Organization reported only 480 cases of polio worldwide, due partly to research and funding from the March of Dimes.