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Key Club Helps Fight Premature Birth

March of Dimes 1 in 8 babiesJoin the March of Dimes in Prematurity Awareness Month 2010

One in eight babies is born prematurely in our country and premature birth is the number one cause of death during the first month of life. Babies who survive often face serious health challenges and can suffer from lasting disabilities. And millions of children have trouble learning in school because they were born too soon.

November is Prematurity Awareness Month®, and Key Club is proud to partner with the March of Dimes® to give all babies a fighting chance. On November 17, thousands of people will participate in Prematurity Awareness Day® activities in their communities. The month and day are recognized across America and covered by local and national media.

Also on Prematurity Awareness Day, the March of Dimes will release the third annual Premature Birth Report Cards. The cards score the nation and each individual state on its rate of premature birth and give recommendations for improvement.

Key Club wants you to get involved by checking out the March of Dimes youth toolkit, where you are provided with ways in which you can make a difference in the fight for premature babies. One way to get involved would be by wearing purple to show your support for the Prematurity Awareness Day! Send us your best photos & stories at teamyouth@marchofdimes.com.

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