Celebs Join Hands to Ensure Baby Health

Samantha Harris hosted the 5th Annual March of Dimes Celebration of Babies luncheon Saturday in Los Angeles. The event was sponsored by the March of Dimes, a leading nonprofit organization for pregnancy and baby health.

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Celebration of Babies recognizes prominent individuals, including Hollywood moms and dads, who are celebrating the birth of their children and who are role models for March of Dimes’ commitment to improving the health of babies.

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The 2010 March of Dimes’ Celebrity Volunteers, or “Stork Club,” includes Sarah Chalke & Jamie Afifi, Ali Larter & Hayes MacArthur, Joey & Chandie Lawrence, Tiffani Thiessen & Brady Smith, Jenna Elfman & Bodhi Elfman, Rock Harper & Tamara Harper, Lisa Leslie & Michael Locke, and Maria Quiban & Sean Whitesell. 

The “Stork Club” members are individuals who have had or are expecting babies in 2010.

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In attendance, among others, were Julie Bowen (pictured above), Laila Ali, Sean Patrick Thomas & Aonika Laurent Thomas, Kelly Price, Nicole Sullivan, Kellie Martin & Keith Christian, Marisa Coughlan, Ian and Erin Ziering, Kent King, Minae Noji, and Cleon King.

Joshua Hoffman, age 7, March of Dimes 2010 National Ambassador, told the crowd his own story of surviving a premature birth.

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The Celebration of Babies luncheon commemorates March of Dimes Prematurity Awareness Month.

According to March of Dimes, premature birth is the No. 1 cause of death during the first month of life. Even babies born just a few weeks too soon can face serious health challenges and are at risk for lifelong disabilities, such as cerebral palsy, lung problems, and vision and hearing loss.

March of Dimes provides more information about premature birth at marchofdimes.com/fight.

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