Tom Little
"His Inspiration - Our Opportunity"
The Tennessean, January 28, 1960
Tom Little Collection
Vanderbilt University Special Collections
The National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis was established by President Roosevelt in 1938 to combat the frustrating disease polio. Its annual January fundraiser was called the March of Dimes, a name that became so popular that it was eventually adopted by the Foundation. By the late 1950's, the organization had administered millions of polio vaccines, and eliminating the disease seemed a real possibility. By 1960, much of the organization's work looked to have succeeded. Soon the organization began a new campaign to treat and identify birth defects and birth disorders, a mission it retains to this day.