Six-year-old Aidan Lamothe was born more than 11 weeks too soon. Aidan and his parents, Jill Teeters, a marketing coordinator, and David Lamothe, a civil engineer for GZA, will travel the country, compliments of United Airlines, to raise awareness of the need for research and community programs to prevent premature birth and birth defect
The New Hampshire family benefitted from the March of Dimes’ 75-year legacy of success and now is helping it achieve its goal of giving more babies a healthy start in life by preventing preterm birth.
“We are very proud of David, Jill and Aidan and their work for the March of Dimes,” said William Hadge, President and CEO of GZA. “GZA encourages employee volunteerism and charity work in their local communities and throughout the world. David and his family are setting a great example.”
Since 2008, the Lamothe family has participated in March for Babies as a way to give thanks for Aidan’s good health. March for Babies©, is the March of Dimes biggest fundraiser that supports educational, community-based programs that help moms have healthy, full-term pregnancies and provides vital funding for research to understand the problem of preterm birth.
Long before Aidan was born, his parents knew of the March of Dimes and its original mission to combat polio. David’
“We’ve seen first-hand the devastating effects of polio; we know the importance of prevention and we know the March of Dimes history of success,” said Jill Teeters. “We also know the impact of preterm birth and are thrilled to support the work the March of Dimes is doing today to help women have full term pregnancies and healthy babies.”
The first 28 weeks of Jill Teeters’ pregnancy was uneventful. But she felt unwell shortly thereafter and was hospitalized as a precaution. Less than 24 hours later, Jill went into labor and required an emergency C-section. Aidan David Lamothe was born at 28 weeks and five days
of pregnancy. He weighed three pounds and was only 16inches long. He was rushed to the hospital’s neonatal intensive care unit (NICU), where he spent the first seven weeks of his life being treated for breathing problems, his low birthweight, and other prematurity-
Today, Aidan is a happy, energetic, engaged and loving six-year-old. He enjoys being outdoors playing baseball, practicing the piano, doing gymnastics and loves Legos. Each year on his birthday, Aidan visits the NICU and says “thank you” to the doctors and nurses.
“Aidan would not be where he is today without the knowledge, equipment and treatments available as a result of research supported by the March of Dimes March for Babies,” said David Lamothe, Aidan’s father. “Volunteering for the March of Dimes and has allowed us to give back for Aidan’s healthy start and has opened our eyes to the breadth of health issues facing parents and their newborn children.”
Most March for Babies events take place in communities nationwide April 26 and 27. To join a March for Babies event near you, visit marchforbabies.org
The March of Dimes National Ambassador Program is an annual campaign, started in 1946, that puts a face on the March of Dimes mission. United Airlines, formerly Continental Airlines, will continue to serve as the official airline sponsor of the March of Dimes National Ambassador Program for the 8th consecutive year. To learn more about the program visit:www.facebook.com/
The March of Dimes is the leading nonprofit organization for pregnancy and baby health. With chapters nationwide and its premier event, March for Babies, the March of Dimes works to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality. For the latest resources and information, visit marchofdimes.com or nacersano.org.
Founded in 1964, GZA GeoEnvironmental, Inc. is a multi-disciplined firm providing environmental consulting, geotechnical and geo-civil engineering, environmental remediation, regulatory compliance, litigation support, air quality, solid waste services, specialty construction, occupational health and safety, and site development services. The firm has 535 employees and operates 25 offices in the Northeast, Mid-Atlantic and Great Lakes Regions of the United States. For additional information, please call William Hadge, CEO at 781-278-3808 or visit www.gza.com.