November 16, 2018 -- “November 17 is World Prematurity Day – a day set aside to raise awareness for the leading cause of death in children under the age of five. Babies who are born too early, or before 37 weeks of pregnancy, may face long-term health problems that affect the development of their brain, lungs, hearing or vision. Most will be required to spend an extended period of time in a neonatal intensive care unit. On November 17, we draw attention to the lifesaving research and treatments that have been created to give every baby a fighting chance at life. I am asking everyone to join this public advocacy campaign by wearing an item of purple clothing to represent the March of Dimes, an organization dedicated to fighting premature birth. Be a part of this global movement to help save the smallest among us.” 

George Latimer, Westchester County Executive