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Montana State Capitol goes Purple for a Good Cause

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In Helena the State Capitol Building is going to start looking a little different than normal once night rolls around, A.B.C. Montana's Joe Moeller is in Helena with the details on what exactly is going to be changing.

Now they Capitol building behind me here looks normal now, but shortly when the sun goes down, it will be light up purple, yes that's right purple but all for a good cause.

"People are going to recognize that prematurity is a problem that our society is facing so this week and into next the capitol will be lit up in purple" says March of Dimes State Director Debra Donovan.

This week is March of Dimes Prematurity Awareness Week, worldwide 15 million babies are born premature and more than one million die as a result, and this is seen right here in Montana.

Donovan continues "In our state we have over 12,000 babies that are born in Montana that are two small that are premature and in our nation it is over half a million babies 500,000 babies are born too early."

March of Dimes is on a mission to shed the light on this problem and to make sure people are aware.

"My daughter was born at 24 weeks which is four months early she is actually a surviving twin." says March of Dimes volunteer Alexa O'dell "She was born at one and a half pounds, had some heart surgery, some eye surgery in the middle of that four months. March of dimes support not only medically, but through their research for some of the treatments she got but as well as the support that they have for families."

The non-profit organization March of Dimes has been raising public awareness of the seriousness of preterm birth while emphasizing that it is the leading cause of newborn death, and as people see the State Capitol building they wont help but wonder why it is purple and what it means.

"Purple is the March of Dimes color and it is really a huge awareness so when people are driving by we hope all across Montana they get pictures of this its like you know what is this all about and it is to draw awareness." says Donovan.

Now the Capitol Building will be purple starting tonight and go through this Sunday November 17th, and for more information regarding the March of Dimes Organization you can visit their web site at www.MarchofDimes.com 

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