Birthday Balls:
Franklin D. Roosevelt and the March of Dimes

When Franklin Roosevelt contracted infantile paralysis (polio) and was left unable to use his legs, he concentrated his efforts to raising money for the dreaded disease. The original Birthday Balls were fundraisers to benefit the March of Dimes, which FDR founded as the National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis. Click here to learn more about the Birthday Balls.


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