World Prematurity Day: Tower Square to light up in purple

Thursday is World Prematurity Day.

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SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Thursday is World Prematurity Day.  It’s observed around the world as a way to raise awareness for the 15 million babies are born premature every year.

The March of Dimes teamed up with Project Baby Springfield on Thursday for the hanging of the “100 Acts of Kindess Quilt” at Tower Square in Springfield. The quilt was created over the last year and will be on display for the rest of the month.

“We do have disparities in rates in different populations,” Christine Gebel of the March of Dimes explained. “Actually, Springfield’s rate is higher than the state rate. So that’s one of the reasons we’re here in Springfield.”

2016 was also the first year the prematurity rate has risen in eight years.