Taberg 2-year old hands March of Dimes a check for $1,587.43

By NEWSChannel 2 Staff

"I owe the life of my little girl to the March of Dimes research and medical advancements" says Marc Daniels, a Lee Center resident and co-owner of Dan's Auto Service in Taberg.

Last Thursday, 2-year old Savannah Daniels presented Cristina Taormina, Community Director for the Central New York March of Dimes, with a check for $1,587.43.

The March of Dimes is singing the praises of Savannah and her father for taking the initiative to share their story to raise funds and awareness for the March of Dimes. "Not enough people fully know how we touch their lives and those of friends and families", says Ms. Taormina.

Every year 1 in 9 babies in America are born premature. Savannah was born 2 months early weighing only 3 pound 6 ounces. Many babies born prematurely haven't developed the lung capacity and strength to breathe on their own. Thanks to the March of Dimes' discovery of The Surfactant Therapy and the development of the Newborn Intensive Care Units Savannah Daniels and so many others preemies get a fighting chance to survive. More than 1.6 million babies wouldn't survive birth each year had it not been for these medical advancements.

Kristen Daniels, Marc's wife and Savannah's mother stated, "Physically and mentally I went through so much carrying her. But I loved every minute. I think all babies are Miracles. She's just my miracle."

Marc is partners in the auto repair business with his father, who started the business in 1974. Marc grew up around the shop and learned the meaning of hard work, dedication to the community and family. The Daniels families still reside in the area. According to Marc Brakes for Babies will remain an annual tradition in the shop. "I hope to raise more money for the March of Dimes next year."

Marc originally conceived the idea of 'Brakes for Babies' after 'Bikers for Babies', the March of Dimes' fund raiser. As a bit of a biker himself, March got to ride in Bikers for Babies this past weekend.

Dan's Auto Service donated 10% of the proceeds raised during their month long Brakes for Babies campaign. Dan's Auto partnered with First Source Federal Credit Union and the Rome and Camden Napa auto parts stores to help make Brakes for Babies a reality. "I couldn't have done this entirely on my own and I know we'll never really be able to repay what the March of Dimes gave us in Savannah, but as she celebrates her 2nd birthday I'm satisfied I've finally found a way to give back and hopefully make a difference in other family's lives, just like others did for us through their donations. Brakes for Babies will be an annual event for our shop, at least as long as I'm the owner!"

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