ALBUQUERQUE, N.M., April 13, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The Albuquerque March of Dimes has named TriCore Reference Laboratories' Chief Administration Officer, Dr. Nick Dayan, as the 2017/2018 Chair of the Albuquerque March for Babies. TriCore is also the signature sponsor of this year's event.

Dr. Dayan said of being chosen the Chair of the event, "I am so honored to be named the Chair of this marvelous event. By supporting the March for Babies program, we as a community have the ability to affect our newborns for a lifetime."

The March for Babies will be held on Saturday, May 6, 2017 at Johnson Field on the UNM Campus. Registration will be at 10:00AM and the walk starts at 11:30AM. Please go to: for more information or to register to be a participant.

Nearly 4 million babies are born annually in the US. All babies, whether they are born early or on time benefit from advances in prenatal and postpartum care made possible by the March of Dimes. Since 1970, March for Babies has been the biggest fundraiser for the March of Dimes in Albuquerque – last year's event raised $169,000 with the donations going to support the March of Dimes local efforts as well as support the five national Prematurity Research Centers.

Lori Medik, Executive Director of Market Development for the March of Dimes, stated, "March for Babies is an incredible community event that allows us to focus attention on prematurity, birth defects, and infant mortality. Annually, in New Mexico 25,800 babies are born. Of these babies, 2,448 are born preterm, 782 are born with a birth defect, and 139 die before reaching their first birthday. While not everyone has a direct mission connection, everyone is affected by prematurity, birth defects, and infant mortality. Preterm birth alones costs our state $126 million a year, approximately $26 billion nationally. We care about all babies and March for Babies is an opportunity for each of us to make a difference."

About March of Dimes
The March of Dimes is the leading nonprofit organization for pregnancy and baby health. For more than 75 years, moms and babies have benefited from March of Dimes research, education, vaccines, and breakthroughs.

About TriCore Reference Laboratories
TriCore Reference Laboratories is a clinical reference laboratory providing a complete range of services to health care professionals across the Southwest as well as pathology consultation services to clinicians across the country. For more information, visit

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