Awareness Ribbons

Princess may have many issues, but you can help raise awareness and support for them! One of the simplest ways is to participate in awareness campaigns. Many organizations sponsor days, weeks, or even months to raise awareness. Here are the different awareness ribbons and projects we want you to know about:

Prematurity Awareness
World Prematurity Day: November 17
Prematurity Awareness Month: November
Sponsor: March of Dimes Donate
Princess was born premature. Here are some facts for you:

1 in 9 babies in the US are born premature (before 37 weeks).
Worldwide, 15 million babies are born premature every year.
Prematurity is the leading killer of babies in the US.
Those preemies who do survive can face lifelong complications.
Premature birth costs society more than $26 billion a year.
* Facts from March of Dimes

Rare Disease Awareness
World Rare Disease Day: February 28 or 29
Sponsor: The Global Genes Project Donate
Princess has been diagnosed with pseudo hypoaldonsteronism type 2 (PHA2). It is a rare disease. Here's some facts about rare diseases:

There are approximately 7,000 different rare diseases and disorders.
1 in 10 people in the US have a rare disease. 50% of them are children.
80% of the known rare diseases are genetic in origin.
In the US, a disease is considered "rare" if it affects less than 200,000 people.
Rare diseases are responsible for 35% of deaths in the first year of life.
Approximately 50% of rare diseases do not have a foundation supporting or researching that disease.
*Facts from The Global Genes Project

Cerebral Palsy Awareness
World Cerebral Palsy Day: First Wednesday in October
Cerebral Palsy Awareness Month: March
Sponsors: Reaching for the Stars Donate and United Cerebral Palsy Donate (among others)
Princess was diagnosed with cerebral palsy at the age of 2 and a half.
Here are some facts for you:

Cerebral Palsy is not a disease. It is a term used to describe chronic conditions affecting body movement and muscle control. It is caused by damage to one or more specific areas of the developing brain before, during, or shortly after birth.
1 in 323 children,
800,000 Americans and
17,000,000 people world wide are impacted by Cerebral palsy.
*Facts from Reaching for the Stars

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