March of Dimes
Supporting March of Dimes
Each spring, customers and associates are invited to donate to March of Dimes, whose mission is to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth, and infant mortality. In 2018 the Publix campaign raised more than $7.5 million for this amazing organization, earning us the prestigious honor as their number one corporate partner.
This incredible accomplishment was made possible by our generous customers and passionate associates. We are so proud of our more than 193,000 associates across our company who give of themselves every day in our stores and communities. Our Publix family truly makes the difference, and without them, we wouldn’t have been able to achieve our stellar campaign results. And with the dedication of our associates comes the generosity of our customers. We’ve always said we have the best customers in the industry and together, over our twenty-year relationship with March of Dimes, we've raised more than $7.5 million, all one dollar at a time.
When the campaign comes to a close, many Publix associates lace up their walking shoes and head outside to join the organization's largest fundraiser, March for Babies. We're proud to help support an organization that makes a world of difference to so many families.
As you'll see, that includes our Publix family. Here are the stories of six associates' brave children or relatives whose lives have been touched by March of Dimes.
Catherine and Brody, 6 years
Children of Meat Manager Brian Lynn
#1403, Rome, Georgia
Twins Catherine and Brody were born September 29, 2011, at only 32 weeks. It was determined that blood flow to Brody was rapidly collapsing and he was in danger. In fear that he wouldn’t survive, doctors performed an immediate C-section. Catherine weighed 3 pounds, 5 ounces, and a minute later Brody was born, weighing 2 pounds, 2 ounces. They were rushed to the NICU at Floyd Medical Center and received the medical attention they needed. Today, Catherine loves school and wants to become a teacher, and Brody wants to be an airplane pilot.
Thames, 8 years
Son of Assistant Customer Service Manager Kevin Cuoto
#1145, Johns Island, South Carolina
When Thames was born 6 weeks premature on November 22, 2009, the umbilical cord was trapped against his body, and it’s unknown how long he was deprived of blood and oxygen. He also sustained damage to his liver, kidneys, and adrenal glands. Within hours of his birth, he was rushed to the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) and placed on a life-support machine. During his three-week stay in the NICU, he received multiple life-saving treatments. Today, Thames is doing amazingly well — he has a passion for the weather and dreams of becoming a meteorologist when he grows up.
Anastasia, 4 years
Daughter of Deli Manager Slavka Stankovic
#662, Orlando, Florida
On June 5, 2013, Anastasia was born at Florida Hospital, weighing 1 pound, 6 ounces. Because she was born more than three months early, her body wasn’t fully developed, and she was placed in an incubator for several months. Her digestive system did not process food properly, she needed eye surgery to save her vision, and she received two blood transfusions during the 110 days she was in the hospital. Today, Anastasia is a healthy and happy 4-year-old who wants to become a doctor to give others like her a fighting chance.
Maurice, 6 years
Son of Cashier Ebony Hill
#374, Clearwater, Florida
Maurice was born at 27 weeks on June 12, 2011, weighing only 2 pounds. The first three months of his life were spent in the NICU. Although he miraculously didn’t endure any serious or life-threatening complications, his family extends sincere gratitude to March of Dimes for the care he received during his stay at the hospital. Maurice is now an active 6-year-old who thrives in school and wants to be a firefighter when he grows up.
Giannah, 8 years
Daughter of Deli Manager Gisia Lauriston
#1311, Coral Springs, Florida
Giannah was born two months early on August 8, 2009, weighing 1 pound, 8 ounces. Due to difficulties breathing independently, she was on a ventilator for her first five months. She was also born with her intestines outside of her stomach that caused her to develop an infection called necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC). She still copes with the aftermath of NEC and continues to use a colostomy bag today. But Giannah doesn’t allow this to alter her happiness in any way — she thrives at school and wants to become a teacher when she grows up.
Reagan, 4 years
Son of Distribution Operator Bobby Tala
Lakeland Produce Warehouse
Reagan was born on July 22, 2013, weighing 4 pounds, 15 ounces. He is one of only 1,200 cases in the United States of Cornelia de Lange syndrome (CdLS), a rare genetic disorder affecting the chromosomes. As a result, his upper extremities are underdeveloped, which left him with no hands. Reagan spent one month in the NICU at Winnie Palmer Hospital in Orlando, Florida, and during that time, he underwent two operations to place a feeding tube directly into his stomach so he could eat without aspirating. He loves listening to music and playing the piano!