Dr. Nick Dayan, CAO of TriCore Reference Laboratories, named chair and Mark Fidel, co-founder of RiskSense, named vice-Chair of March for Babies




ALBUQUERQUE, NM  — 2,462 babies are born prematurely each year in New Mexico. Business and community leader Dr. Nick Dayan, Chief Administrative Officer of TriCore Reference Laboratories, is working to change that as the chair of 2018 March for Babies. Joining Dr. Dayan as Vice-chair, is his lifelong friend and colleague, Mark Fidel, Co-founder and Head of Corporate Development with RiskSense. 

“As a father, I can’t think of a more important cause than the March of Dimes mission to prevent birth defects and premature birth,” Dayan says. “The money raised by March for Babies gives more babies a fighting chance at a healthy start in life.”

 “We’re so excited to have Dr. Dayan and Mr. Fidel on board to serve as our local March for Babies Chair and Vice-Chair,” says Becky Horner, Executive Director of the March of Dimes. “Their combined passion and commitment to helping moms and babies will be a tremendous factor to drive the success of our event. March for Babies raises urgently-needed funds to provide comfort and information for the families of sick and premature babies as well as innovative research.”

Dayan and Fidel are asking other local businesses and community leaders to join them in support of March for Babies. “The number of babies born prematurely here in New Mexico and nationwide is just not acceptable,” Fidel says. “It takes leaders of our community working together to ensure that more babies are born healthy.”

Last year in Albuquerque, March for Babies raised more than $118,000, a number Dayan and Fidel want to surpass in 2018.  They have made the commitment to $25,000 in new revenue as part of the overall goal of $150,000 for the campaign.

More than 20,000 companies nationwide are participating in 2018 March for Babies, which will take place in about 500 communities.

Albuquerque residents can sign up today at marchforbabies.org, start a team with co-workers, family or friends; or donate to help more babies survive and thrive. In 2017, more than 1000 people attended the annual event, which will be held on May 12, 2018 at North Domingo Baca Park in Northeast Albuquerque.

About 380,000 babies are born too soon in the United States each year – that’s one in 10. Premature birth (before 37 weeks of pregnancy) is the leading cause of death of babies in the U.S.  Babies who survive an early birth often face serious and lifelong health problems, including breathing problems, jaundice, vision loss, cerebral palsy and intellectual delays. In addition to the human toll, premature birth accounts for more than $26 billion annually in medical and societal costs, according to the National Academy of Medicine.

The March of Dimes is the leading nonprofit organization for pregnancy and baby health. For more than 75 years, moms and babies have benefited from March of Dimes research, education, vaccines and breakthroughs. For the latest resources and health information, visit our websites marchofdimes.org and nacersano.org. If you have been affected by prematurity or birth defects, visit our shareyourstory.org community to find comfort and support. Find us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

The 2018 March for Babies is sponsored nationally by Kmart, Famous Footwear, Macy’s, Cigna, HCA, and regional sponsor Publix Super Markets, Inc. In our community, March for Babies is sponsored by Signature Sponsor, TriCore Reference Laboratories.  Contact Aisha Smith for information on starting a team or becoming a sponsor at 505-933-6424.

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