Tech nursing students volunteer for March of Dimes

Apr 16, 2009 | General News

They assisted with the St. Jude Radiothon and a mock disaster drill and training, but nursing students at Louisiana Tech are still going strong.

The students have also been working with the March of Dimes, from selling raffle tickets at Super One Foods recently to holding a drawing for a Wal-Mart card, and they will be working at the baseball games this weekend.

About 15 nursing students will be at J.C. Love Field as the Bulldogs play against Fresno State. They will share facts about premature birth and the March of Dimes with fans and will accept donations.

On Friday, from 4-6 p.m., they will assist Residential Life with “Bark in the Park” carnival with food, games and activities. On Saturday, the students will also interact and educate the fans.

Bankston Darland, the March of Dimes Ambassador for Lincoln Parish, will help the nurses educate the fans. Bankston, who is 6 years old, was born prematurely after only 28 weeks gestation. He weighed 2 pounds, 13 ounces and spent eight weeks in the NICU at St. Francis Hospital in Monroe. At one year, he could not sit up independently, walk or speak words. Bankston benefited from therapies that were developed as a result of March of Dimes funded research.

For more information, contact Nancy Darland at (318) 245-8974.

Written by Judith Roberts