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March of Dimes Prematurity Research Initiatives

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March of Dimes

Tony DiTucci is an experienced professional in the building and construction industry, with more than two decades of experience. In addition to serving as vice president of DGA Builders in Pittsford, Tony DiTucci makes time to participate in several forms of philanthropy, including donations to the March of Dimes.

March of Dimes funds a wide range of research that protects babies, thereby reducing the infant mortality rate. One of the areas it focuses much of its grant money and research effort on is premature birth, which affects more than 350,000 babies each year.

In 2004, the March of Dimes began its Prematurity Research Initiative (PRI). This focuses on discerning the causes of prematurity, which are often unknown. It has awarded almost $28 million to researchers looking into both genetic and environmental causes for entering labor prematurely, including asymptomatic infections.

PRI grantees have also started to work on finding ways to treat or prevent preterm labor. Normal pregnancies suppress uterine contractions, and the mechanism by which this is achieved could lead to new drugs or other techniques to prevent premature birth.

The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children Keeps Kids Safe

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National Center for Missing & Exploited Children

Tony DiTucci serves as vice president of DGA Builders, headquartered in Pittsford, New York. Outside of his work supervising the creation of multifamily housing units, Tony DiTucci often contributes to charities including the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children.

The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children was created in 1984 to bring government programs and nonprofit efforts together to efficiently locate missing children. Today, the organization operates 22 nationwide programs to help find children when they go missing.

One of the most important services the Center provides is a 24-hour hotline, allowing the public to immediately report sightings of missing children. It also maintains a similar CyberTipline in partnership with the FBI, which allows people to anonymously report suspected child abuse or sexual exploitation. The public is encouraged to report any suspected misconduct, whether it occurred online or in person.

To report a missing child or a sighting of a missing child, call 1-800-THE-LOST (1-800-843-5678).