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The National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis. This organization held a fund-raising campaign called the March of Dimes (which asked all Americans to send a dime to the White House, and was called that because there was a popular newsreel at the time called the March of Time--see Eddie Cantor). Side note: This campaign changed the way fund-raising was done in the U.S. because it invited rich and poor to participate, whereas formerly it was only the wealthy who held large dinners and balls to raise money for worthy causes. The fundraiser was so popular that they expanded the foundation and called it the National Foundation. After many March of Dimes fundraisers, it is commonly believed that the name "National Foundation" simply morphed naturally into the name March of Dimes because everyone tended to refer to the Foundation under the name of March of Dimes. Look on the March of Dimes website to see what year they officially adopted the name. I think it was 1974.

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The March of Dimes was started in 1938 by President Franklin D Roosevelt to combat infantile polio. The vaccine for polio was discovered by Jonas Salk in 1955. In 1958 the mission statement for March of Dimes was changed to include research for all birth defects.

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March of Dimes was originally created under FDR to fight polio, it was originally called, the "National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis." It was held on FDR's birthday, Jan. 20. and school kids would march around the school and drop their dimes into a box/

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