Today is World Prematurity Day

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More than one million babies died worldwide this year due to complications from being born too early. In fact, almost one in every eight babies born in the United States is born premature according to the March of Dimes.

In order to spread awareness, World Prematurity Day is being celebrated today. Supporters are urged to wear purple or a “Blue Jeans for Babies” T-shirt to support the March of Dimes.

The 2013 Barrow-Jackson Walk for Babies is set for Friday, April 26, 2013, at Fort Yargo State Park. The kick-off will be Thursday, Jan. 31, 2013.

The ambassador with the Barrow-Jackson 2013 March of Dimes Walk for Babies is Luke Sims, the son of Matt and Wendy Sims, was born Nov. 23, 2011 — 10 weeks premature. The child, who had been expected to arrive on Jan. 1, 2012, weighed only 1 pound and 15 ounces.

The Sims will participate in the Dec. 1 Jefferson Christmas Parade, the Dec. 2 Commerce parade and the Dec. 15 Winder parade. They will share their story at the Jan. 31 kickoff.