One last reminder… today (November 16) is Prematurity Awareness Day, which, of course, goes hand-in-hand with the March of Dimes campaign to save these babies’ lives. You may remember from a previous post that there are several things you can do to help, from signing the petition asking Congress to increase funding to making a donation to spreading the word.
To celebrate the event, there are a variety of activities planned both in Washington and across the country. Of special interest to Blog Exposion surfers: a “live blog” that will feature pictures, interviews, celebrity blogging and an interactive photo quilt.
From the March of Dimes:
This is a very special day for premature babies and their families – other parents, grandparents, children, friends, health care providers and advocates. To raise awareness of premature birth, the March of Dimes is hosting a series of events in Washington, D.C., and all across the country, that will include a “Moment of Hope” lighting ceremony. In D.C., the Wilson Building on Freedom Plaza will be lit with a signature display of pink and blue lights.
Across our nation, many buildings and landmarks also will be illuminated in pink and blue, including:
- Niagara Falls
- New York’s Con Ed Building
- Philadelphia’s Benjamin Franklin Bridge and CIGNA Building
- Chicago’s 311 S. Wacker Drive and La Salle-Wacker Towers
- Boston’s Leonard Zakim Bunker Hill Bridge
- Miami’s Bank of America Building
- Louisville’s Gas & Electric Building
- Detroit’s Blue Cross/Blue Shield Building
- San Antonio’s Tower of the Americas on Hemisphere Plaza
- Portland’s Liberty Center
On Prematurity Awareness Day, you can be the voice for babies born too soon. Support the March of Dimes as we call for a 50% increase in federal funding for research into the causes of premature birth.