November 17, 2010 is the national Prematurity Awareness Day. March of Dimes at CMU is inviting you to wear purple on this day to support all of those who were born premature, and to fight for the prevention of prematurity.
Every year, more than half a million babies are born prematurely in the United States. The rate of premature birth has risen by 30 percent since 1981.
Premature birth is the leading cause of newborn death worldwide. Even babies born just a few weeks too soon can face serious health challenges and are at risk of lifelong disabilities. Premature birth costs society more than $26 billion a year.
* The copy for this post was taken from the Facebook Event page