The world will light up purple tomorrow to bring awareness to the problem of preterm birth.
Landmarks all over the world will be ablaze in purple to honor premature babies.
Tomorrow marks the 6th annual World Prematurity Day (WPD).
One in ten babies is born too soon. Premature birth is the leading cause of death in children under the age of five worldwide. Babies born too early may have more health issues than babies born on time, and may face long term health problems that affect the brain, lungs, hearing or vision. World Prematurity Day on November 17 raises awareness of this serious health crisis.
In New York City, the Empire State Building will be bathed in purple lights. State Capitol buildings in Alabama, Pennsylvania and Tennessee will light up purple, too.Here are just a few more places where World Prematurity Day will be glowing:
- Birmingham Zoo, AL;
- Union Plaza Building (downtown skyline), Little Rock, AR;
- All 5 river bridges spanning the Arkansas River;
- Hippodrome Theater, Gainesville, FL;
- Nationwide Children’s Hospital, Columbus, OH;
- Howard Hughes Corporation Building, Honolulu, HI;
- Power & Light Building, Kansas City, MO;
- Biloxi Lighthouse, MS;
- Pacific Science Center, Seattle, WA;
- The Auxilio Mutuo Hospital, Hato Rey, Puerto Rico.
What can you do?
Share your story and video about babies born too soon here on our blog, as well as on Facebook.
Get decked out in purple tomorrow, take a photo and post it to social media with #worldprematurityday and #givethemtomorrow.
Together, we can honor the 380,000 babies born too soon each year in the U.S.
Together, we can let people know that 15 million babies are born too soon around the world every year, and that 1 million of them won’t live to their first birthday.
Together, we can change the face of premature birth and give every baby a fighting chance.
Please join us tomorrow, to raise your voice.