March of Dimes breaks record

Published 12:00 am Monday, April 5, 2004

A lot of little children have something to be thankful for this year, as the Selma-Dallas County chapter of the March of Dimes held one of its biggest events in decades.

According to MOD volunteer Althea Chance, the organization met and exceeded its goal of raising $35,000 in funds this year.

Weighing only 2 pounds at 14 inches, Courtney was one of the premature babies aided by the March’s research and charity efforts.

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Her mother was astounded by Courtney’s success.

This year, Courtney sang the national anthen to open the events.

Destiny Davis-Faulkes was another success story provided by the MOD.

The 3-year-old was born with Spina Bifida, a condition in which children are born with an exposed spinal column.

The condition causes partial or complete paralysis in some patients.

After five surgeries, made possible by research funded by the MOD, Destiny has been fitted with leg braces and walks with the aid of crutches.

Destiny’s doing so well, she got to cut the ribbon to start the march at Memorial Stadium.

Chance said she’s pleased with everything the March has made possible and the part Selma and Dallas County can play in it.