March of Dimes to Honor Congressman James E. Clyburn and Family
Columbia, South Carolina, September 10, 2013
The March of Dimes South Carolina Chapter is pleased to announce that they will honor Congressman James E. Clyburn and the Clyburn Family with the 2013 African American Achievement Award. Congressman Clyburn, his wife Emily and daughters Angela Clyburn Hannibal, Jennifer Clyburn Reed and Mignon Clyburn will receive the award at the organization’s annual breakfast event, presented by Primerica African American Leadership Council, on Friday, November 8 at the Brookland Banquet and Conference Center. A committee of past award recipients chose to honor Congressman Clyburn and his family for their outstanding contributions to the African American community and significant impact on the state of South Carolina, as well as their efforts to increase the awareness, understanding and investment of the African American community in the mission of the March of Dimes.
Presenting Sponsor for the event is Primerica African American Leadership Council. Networking and coffee begin at 7:30 a.m., with the breakfast and award program starting at 8:00 a.m. Individual tickets are $125 each and sponsorships start at $1,000.00. “Fund The Mission” donations, which are 100% tax-deductible, may also be made in the Clyburn’s honor. For additional information, please contact Anne Genevieve Gallivan at (803) 403-8524 or AGallivan@marchofdimes.com. Kiss 103.1 FM is the radio sponsor of the event and Millennium Magazine is the magazine sponsor.
Congressman Clyburn has focused much of his 21-year tenure in Congress on providing comprehensive health care and eliminating health disparities in South Carolina. Access to affordable health care is one of his life’s missions. The Clyburn family has a personal connection to the mission of the March of Dimes. The Congressman’s - grandson was born two months prematurely and underwent three operations before he weighed 10 pounds.
“Our family is honored to partner with the March of Dimes in the fight for stronger, healthier moms and babies,” Congressman Clyburn said. “We know the challenges facing families whose children are born premature, and want to do all we can to make sure every baby in South Carolina gets the healthy start to life they deserve.”
South Carolina has one of the highest premature birth rates in the country, with nearly 9,000 babies affected each year. Premature babies struggle to survive, and may face lifelong health consequences.
African American babies are nearly twice as likely to be born prematurely as Caucasian babies and African American mothers have the highest rates of inadequate prenatal care compared to other maternal race categories. Infant mortality rates are twice as high for African American babies as for Caucasian babies. The African American Achievement Award was established in 2003 by the South Carolina Chapter of the March of Dimes to bring awareness to these racial disparities and to recognize the commitment of those positively impacting the African American community.
In 2013, the March of Dimes celebrates its 75th Anniversary and its ongoing work to help babies get a healthy start in life. Early research led to the Salk and Sabin polio vaccines that all babies still receive. Other breakthroughs include new treatments for premature infants and children with birth defects. Approximately four million babies are born each year in the United States, and all have benefitted from March of Dimes lifesaving research and education.