Miami Valley March of Dimes Youth Ambassador for 2009

Emory Schweitzer, of Cedarville, has been chosen as the 2009 Miami Valley Youth Ambassador for the March of Dimes! Emory was born prematurely at 26wks gestation and has over come many challenges. She is a passionate champion for the March of Dimes!
By: Tina Spencer
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Dayton - Ohio - US

March 30, 2009 - PRLog -- Emory Schweitzer , 11, of Cedarville, Ohio has been chosen as the 2009 Miami Valley March of Dimes Youth Ambassador.  Emory was born at 26 weeks gestation. She came into this world weighing only 4 lbs, her body so tiny and frail that it could fit in the palm of an adult's hand.  Emory suffered a great many challenges upon her birth, one of these challenges were underdeveloped lungs.  Emory received pulmonary surfactant, vital therapy developed in the 1980s by March of Dimes grantee T. Allen Merritt, M.D. The surfactant, oxygen assistance, and other medical care helped Emory to thrive.  She was released from the NICU after only one short month of inpatient treatment and she received home nursing care for an additional three months, to care for her still struggling oxygen needs and apnea.  

Emory faced numerous developmental challenges, all of which she met with glowing determination and courage.  She struggled with language, learning to walk, and small motor skills.  With hard work and a strong heart, Emory overcame.  On July 29, 2008 Emory celebrated her 11th birthday.  She is now a 5th grader at Ohio Connections Academy and she loves to run, volunteer, raise animals, and involve herself in anything artistic. Emory can frequently be found painting and drawing outside on a beautiful day.  Though she continues to face challenges like Dyslexia, Central Auditory Processing Disorder and Autism Spectrum Disorder, she thrives!  Emory has come a long way from the tiny baby born far too soon; she is now a leader among her peers, and lives her life with strong passion.  

Emory has taken the initiative to involve herself in various local charitable organizations, such as the March of Dimes.   2008 was her first March for Babies.  In less than one week she managed to raise $400 with the help of her family, friends, and neighbors.  Her goal this year is much higher, $2750; the average daily cost for a 'healthy' infant's stay in the NICU.  Emory is on her way, holding garage sales, selling cookies, and asking for sponsorships through her March for Babies website (

Emory is inspired by the March of Dimes and is making wholehearted efforts to support them in any way she can.  In fact, while other neighborhood children dressed as ghouls and goblins for Halloween last year Emory chose instead to dress as a March of Dimes donation box that she created herself!  She received a number of complements on her costume choice and a few donations along with her candy.  

It is Emory's goal to spread local awareness of the March of Dimes, by speaking with her neighbors, friends, and the general public throughout her reign as Youth Ambassador and beyond. She feels she it is her calling to speak not only for her fellow preemies, but for all babies, to bring awareness to the mission of the March of Dimes.  

Please join Emory and the Miami Valley March of Dimes, the morning of  Saturday, April 25, 2009, for the Annual March for Babies (formerly known as Walk America) at Carillon Park, Dayton.  You are also invited to visit her website, to make sponsorship donations, leave words of encouragment, or to join her team The Life Savers.  

To schedule an interview with Emory and/or the Miami Valley March of Dimes staff and representatives, please contact the Miami Valley Division of the March of Dimes at 937-294-3330 or e-mail

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Tags:March Of Dimes, March For Babies, Preemie, Premature, Medical, Research, Baby, Pregnancy, Donate, Support
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Location:Dayton - Ohio - United States
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