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A charitable foundation founded in 1938 by President Franklin Delano Roosevelt as the National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis to aid victims of poliomyelitis. It relied on small donations collected door-to-door rather than on bequests or large donations. It supported research, including the work of Jonas Salk, that led to the first effective polio vaccine. With the control of epidemic polio myelitis the March of Dimes shifted its focus to support for and research on causes of birth defects. See http://www.marchofdimes.com/ for details.

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