- Eddie Cantor and model in a 1946 March of Dimes publicity shot
Entertainer Eddie Cantor and a model in a 1946 March of Dimes Publicity shot. The name "March of Dimes" was born in 1938 when Cantor suggested on the radio that people send dimes to President Roosevelt at the White House to help fight polio. With a few weeks, people had mailed 2,680,000 dimes to the President. Other celebrities and then grass-roots organizers joined in the campaign. Over the years, the March of Dimes raised tens of millions of dollars, much of which went to the effort to find a vaccine.
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