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USC Students Support of World Prematurity Day

Iorio rallies students to leave their hand print Iorio rallies students to leave their hand print

By: Talmadge Sherman

USC business fraternity Phi Beta Lambda teamed up with March of Dimes to raising awareness of the problems of premature births because South Carolina has one of the highest premature birth rates in the U.S.

One in every seven babies are born in the country arrive prematurely.  That's one baby every hour.

Phi Beta Lambda president Donald Iorio has had personal experiences with the organization.

"I know plenty of families who have benefited from the March of Dimes.  It came and swept in and helped the baby to recover and the baby is now healthy.  John's a little boy and he's growing up," he said.

"There's actually a board where students can sign their name, put their hand print and if they have a baby in their life that was born prematurely or maybe didn't make it they can put it in memory or in honor of and their going to donate this board to the Palmetto Richland Hospital," says March of Dimes Community Director Jacquelyn Nuovo.

She says she wants students to understand that this is pressing issue that affects millions of families.  She wants to get all 30,000 students aware of their mission of saving babies.

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