The law offices of Gawthrop Greenwood, PC in downtown West Chester went purple for premature babies on Friday, October 13, 2017. Staffers sported purple as they gathered donations for the Southeast Pennsylvania-Southern New Jersey Market of the March of Dimes.
Employees of Gawthrop Greenwood, PC were especially pleased to contribute $500 in personal funds to the donation, given the very personal ties that two of its partners have with the March of Dimes. Stacey Fuller and Patrick McKenna are the parents of a premature baby born six weeks early in February 2013. Jackie McKenna weighed only 5 lbs., 12 oz. and spent 24 days in the NICU (Neonatal Intensive Care Unit) at Paoli Hospital, learning to eat, breathe, swallow and digest nourishment.
“Our own daughter Jackie was born premature, so we are grateful to the March of Dimes for the research and treatment it provides to help preemies survive,” says Fuller, who chairs sponsorship outreach for the 25th Annual Salute to Chester County Women of Achievement being held this Wednesday, October 18, 2017 at Aronimink Golf Club.
Premature birth is the leading cause of death among babies in the United States. It affects about 380,000 babies – that’s 1 in 10 — born each year, including more than 13,000 in Pennsylvania. Funds raised by March for Babies support research at several of Pennsylvania’s finest hospitals and institutions including the University of Pennsylvania, University of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania State University, Magee-Women’s Research Institute and Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC.