March of Dimes Honors Congressman James E. Clyburn and Family
Columbia, South Carolina, November 08, 2013
FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Anne Genevieve Gallivan
(803) 403-8524 or AGallivan@marchofdimes.org
(Columbia, SC, November 8, 2013)— On November 8, 2013, nearly 250 guests honored Congressman James E. Clyburn and family with the 2013 African American Achievement Award. The Clyburn family received the award at the March of Dimes annual breakfast held at Brookland Banquet and Conference Center. The event raised $50,000 fro stronger, healthier babies.
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 personal connection to the mission of March of Dimes. The Congressman’s grandson, Walter “AC” Reed, was born two months prematurely in 1994 and underwent three operations before he weighed 10 pounds.
The most urgent infant health problem in the U.S. today is premature birth. It affects more than half a million babies each year, including nearly 9,000 babies in South Carolina. On November 1, the March of Dimes issued the annual report card on Premature Birth, giving the nation and each state a letter grade based upon prematurity rates. South Carolina received a “D” grade and has one of the highest prematurity rates in the nation.
The event was presented by Primerica African American Leadership Council. Additional event sponsors included: James E. Clyburn Research and Scholarship Foundation, Richland County School District One, Absolute Total Care, Enviro Ag Science, Friends of Jim Clyburn, Alpha Kappa Alpha, AT&T, BB&T, BlueCross Blue Shield of SC, Brookland Banquet & Conference Center, Cooper & Cooper PA, EdVenture, First Citizens Bank, Johnson’s Garbage, Palmetto Health, SCE&G, South Carolina Education Association, Zeta Phi Beta, KISS 103.1 and Millenium Magazine.
Each year, the South Carolina March of Dimes invests in mission initiatives statewide, including research grants and local community services. Through these program services, the March of Dimes continues to strive to prevent birth defects and infant death, reduce South Carolina’s premature birth rate, increase access to prenatal care and educate men and women about having healthy babies.
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. About four million babies are born each year in the United States, and all have benefitted from March of Dimes lifesaving research and education. For more information visit marchofdimes.org/southcarolina.