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7 Mar
The College of New Jersey Circle K International Club Sports Purple for Prematurity Awareness

The College of New Jersey Circle K International Club Sports Purple for Prematurity Awareness

The College of New Jersey’s Circle K club has made a year-round commitment to volunteer for the March of Dimes, and they are leading the way for healthy babies!

In November, the Circle K was hard at work during Prematurity Awareness month to advocate, educate, and fundraise for the March of Dimes. The Circle K International March of Dimes Ambassador, Danielle Sammut, with the help of a club member, was able to get the college to light up Alumni Grove in purple, in support of March of Dimes. Club members spread the message about premature birth.

On World Prematurity Day, November 17, the club had a March of Dimes table set up in the STUD. They sold Prematurity Awareness bracelets and pumpkin cut outs, and had many brochures available to educate the campus.

Katherine Loore, the March of Dimes Committee Chairperson for TCNJ Circle K truly enjoyed her experience on this day: “World Prematurity Day was such an amazing experience, especially since it was my first time being actively involved. I wore purple, asked family and friends to wear purple, changed my Facebook picture, updated my status, and wrote letters to mothers of premature babies. I believe I have never ever been this excited about supporting a cause for March of Dimes. I know that by raising awareness and sharing knowledge about the problems mothers and babies face, March of Dimes with the support of others will help moms reach full-term pregnancies and research the problems that threaten the health of babies.”

The positive energy towards spreading awareness continued into the night with a Late Night Servce hosted by TCNJ’s club, which gathered students from all different organizations. A March of Dimes service table was set up where students wrote letters to mothers of premature babies. It sparked great conversation about the cause and made people outside the club happy that they could make an impact on premature birth.

This is only the beginning of TCNJ’s efforts to help fight for stronger, healthier babies. Katherine Loor has plans to continue her efforts as TCNJ’s March of Dimes chair, “I would really love to have an event for preemies and the community to enjoy a day of fun activities while learning about the mission of March of Dimes and what they can do to help.”

Now, they have organized a team for the March for Babies walk in April. They have some great ideas coming up, building off of a successful November campaign, including participating in a dorm storm to educate dorm residents about the March of Dimes and invite them to walk and donate to March for Babies; and hosting an ice-cream social/card making night to promote March for Babies!

What is your team doing this month to fundraise for March for Babies?

8 Nov

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.

In 2003, the Prematurity Campaign was launched to address the crisis and help families have healthy, full-term babies. In 2008, the March of Dimes Board of Trustees extended the Prematurity Campaign globally, and in 2009 the March of Dimes released the first global estimates showing the serious toll of preterm birth worldwide.

The March of Dimes works different channels of influence to reduce premature birth rates. One way is to raise public awareness of the serious issue and to invest in education of moms-to-be and health care providers. We also support medical advances and knowledge. Every year, new promising research studies are funded through our Prematurity Research Initiative. Advocacy efforts have opened the door to more federal funding for prematurity research and education.

The campaign is already showing signs of success, including a recent 3 percent decline in the premature birth rate. With more than 1,400 babies born too soon every day, much work is still to be done.

Find out how you can get involved by visiting

17 Nov

Today is Prematurity Awareness Day®, and I really wish I had some happy news to report. We just released the second annual Premature Birth Report Card and America scored a depressing “D.” What that means is that every year, we’re failing more than half a million babies.


Each state received its own report card, by the way, and you can find your state’s grade here. No state earned an “A,” and Vermont was the only state that received a “B.” Even though seven states improved their grade, I’m sure you’ll agree we have a long way to go.


You can help in a big way today by blogging about premature birth. And update your Facebook and Twitter status with this message or a message of your own:


I’m fighting for preemies! Join me at #fight4preemies

3 Nov

Fight for Preemies

Posted by Linda


It’s Prematurity Awareness Month, when everyone’s focused on premature birth and the families touched by it.


In our country alone, more than half a million babies are born too soon each year, some very sick. Maybe you had a premature baby yourself. Or you may know someone who did.


This November, do something special for a baby you love. Click over to and create a virtual band in honor or memory of a baby in your life. Your gift funds research and programs that give premature babies a fighting chance.


If you have a blog, help us spread the word. Unite with thousands of bloggers around the world and post about premature birth on November 17.

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