On November 27, Stephen Sykes spoke to the Shrewsbury Rotary about the March of Dimes. Stephen's background had been in banking, but he didn't feel that was a good fit for him and so—when he was laid off—his wife advised him to follow his passion. He began working for the March of Dimes writing letters of thanks to donors.
The March of Dimes, originally chartered by FDR to raise money to fight Polio in the U.S., now works in all areas of infant mortality, pre-term births and birth defects. Today, the organization works to ensure that mothers have access to good care and are not forced out of the hospital too soon after the birth of their child. Other areas in which the March is active is in direct care to infants at the UMass Memorial NICU, male fertility issues and the promotion of breast feeding.