The Orangeburg City Hall fountain will be lit purple for the March of Dimes during the month of November.

As a part of a movement to raise awareness of the serious problem of preterm birth, the March of Dimes will observe Prematurity Awareness Month in November and will celebrate World Prematurity Day at dusk Friday, Nov. 17, at Orangeburg City Hall.

Worldwide, 15 million babies are born preterm and more than a million die as a result. In the United States 380,000 babies are born too soon each year. Premature birth is the largest contributor to infant death in the country and the leading cause of death for children under age 5 around the world. By shining a light on this crisis on World Prematurity Day and throughout the month of November, the March of Dimes is drawing attention to lifesaving research, treatments and support for premature babies and their families. 

For more information, visit marchofdimes.org/worldprematurityday.

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