Monday, September 6, 2010

Infant Mortality and the March of Dimes

In 2006, 6.7 percent of children in the United States died before they were a year old. 36 percent of those 28,500 deaths were caused by issues related to prematurity. September is National Infant Mortality Awareness Month and we would like to encourage you to help support the March of Dimes as they work to combat the number one cause of infant mortality: prematurity.

Sign up as an author for Fandom for Preemies and contribute a one-shot, outtake, sideshot, futuretake or original fiction to the Preemie Compilation. All proceeds raised will go directly to the March of Dime, via the Fandom for Preemies virtual band.

In addition to the Fandom for Preemies fundraiser which will kick off November 1st, you can help the March of Dimes this fall by signing up to March for Babies in your town. .76 cents of every dollar raised through March for Babies goes directly into research and prevention. You can learn more about the March and sign up to participate at:

To learn more about prematurity and infant mortality in the United States:

*Statistics from the March of Dimes
*Image: Airborne Isolette via UoVHS's Newborn Emergency Transport Team

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