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March of Dimes Radio Broadcasts

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Gregory Peck & March of Dimes The March of Dimes was also known by its original formal name, The National Foundation For Infantile Paralysis. Infantile Paralysis is better known by the name polio, and even that has become largely unrecognized, thanks to the efforts of the March Of Dimes. The virus that causes polio was identified in 1908, and by 1910, the number of identified cases of the disease began to reach epidemic proportions. The "Great Race" was on to find a vaccine for the disease, but progress was slow. In 1921, future President, Franklin Delano Roosevelt , was diagnosed with the disease. After he became President, Roosevelt founded the National Foundation. The term, March of Dimes, referred to the organization’s early annual fund raising effort. The name was actually coined by Eddie Cantor , who was spoofing the popular March of Dimes newsreels. Enjoying the support of a popular President, and doing such important work, The  March of Dimes