World Prematurity Day
The Empire State Building was being lit in purple Monday night to raise awareness about the leading killer of children under the age of 5: prematurity.
15 million babies are born premature each year — and 1 million of them die, according to the March of Dimes.
Promising news came earlier this month when the March of Dimes announced the pre-term birth rate of 11.5 percent, a fifteen-year low.
Each year, a half million babies in the U.S. are born premature.