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FUND DEVELOPMENT & COMMUNICATIONS: A
Thanks to the support of our direct mail donors, monthly donors, special event sponsors, planned giving donors, corporate partners, foundations, charitable gaming and United Way partner agencies, this year we reached our goal of raising over $5 million for our programs and services.
Donors help change lives. Lilly Sonnenfeld, a three-year old with cerebral palsy, had never walked a single step in her young life. Her mother, Daniela, hoped that March of Dimes could help. Lilly was one of the first students in our new Conductive Education® Early Intervention Program launched in October, 2010. This program provides a pre-school education using Conductive Education (CE). Within only three days of starting the program, Lilly took her first six steps! On day four, she took 30 steps on her own. Now she can walk as many as 55 steps independently, and is continuing to improve every day.
Her mother Daniela told us, "I don’t think words can express the gratitude that we have for the CE team, for their hard work and dedication they show every day. Since Lilly started CE, she has developed and matured so much. She is becoming more and more independent, which is a huge accomplishment for a child with cerebral palsy. My husband and I love knowing that March of Dimes is teaching Lilly valuable life skills and physical skills, and that she is loved and well taken care of in her classes."
A number of special events and fundraisers to mark our 60th Anniversary were held across the country and in our 90+ office locations. Our flagship event, the Ability & Beyond Gala featured special guest Liona Boyd. Liona Boyd also recorded a 60th Anniversary video greeting, along with other iconic Canadian celebrities. We invite you to view all the 60th Anniversary greetings. In addition, our Rock for Dimes events continued our expansion outside of Ontario. We could not do it without volunteers, sponsors and donors.
Thanks to all.