Arbuckle Division of March of Dimes is closing

(UPDATED: 7/5/17 @ 8:15 p.m.)

ARDMORE, Okla. (KXII) -- The Arbuckle Division of the March of Dimes has been closed in Texoma.

It's an organization that has helped many in Southern Oklahoma, including one of its former board members. Seven years ago, Carrie Pfrehm gave birth to a premature baby.

"My oldest child was born at 29 weeks, and the normal, average term birth is 40 weeks," Pfrehm said. "So she was almost three months early."

They spent over 50 days in the neonatal intensive care unit, where the March of Dimes helped ease her mind.

"When we arrived there was material from the March of Dimes on some of the technology that would be used to help her, some of the medicine that she'd be given and what it did," Pfrehm said. "It kind of helped fill in the gaps between the doctors and what was going on."

Emma is now a healthy 7-year-old girl, but Pfrehm still wanted to give back by becoming a board member for the local Arbuckle Division of March of Dimes.

The division has been in Ardmore for the last 20 years, and has raised nearly $200,000 a year to help preemie babies and their mothers.

"We've been very, very fortunate with our local community who has always been so supportive of the March of Dimes, and we've done such a wonderful job fundraising." Pfrehm said.

But after their most recent event in April- the annual March for Babies- the national headquarters told them they were being shut down due to budget cuts.

"It was not a decision done on a local level, and we're very sad to tell our community that we will no longer have that division here." Pfrehm said.

And as heartbreaking as it is for Pfrehm, she doesn't want the community to forget the cause.

"That's our main goal right now, is that we don't lose focus on supporting these precious babies." Pfrehm said.

The state office in Oklahoma City is still available if families need information or resources, and donations can still be made through the national office.

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ARDMORE, Okla. (KXII) -- The Arbuckle Division of the March of Dimes has been closed in Texoma.

The Arbuckle Division was responsible for the annual March for Babies that happened at the Central Park of Ardmore every spring.

A former board member said it was not a local decision, but a national one for budget reasons...though they tell us not much else is known.

The state office in Oklahoma City is still available if families need information or resources...and donations can still be made through the local office.

The Arbuckle Division has been in Ardmore for the last 20 years, and raised nearly $200,000 a year to go toward healthy babies and mothers.



 
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