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Message from the International Grand Basileus Deborah Catchings-Smith

Why we March

Each year 1 in 10 babies is born prematurely in the U.S. Premature babies face serious lifelong medical and developmental issues.

Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. is proud to be a national partner with the March of Dimes. Every year Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. and its affiliates (Philos and Rhoers) participate in March for Babies to raise funds that are used to sponsor research, provide education on prematurity to the communities that we serve, as well as medical services and support to families with premature babies.

We are asking that you join us in “Walking Together for Stronger Healthier Babies”. Just click the "Join This Team" button. If you can’t walk with us please help by donating to our team.

Elijah Harris

His Story

Elijah Harris was born prematurely on May 3, 2010, at 32 weeks, weighing 2lbs., 14oz., to Soror Melonie Harris (Southeastern Region- Gamma Eta Sigma Alumnae Chapter) and her husband, Dr. Phillip Harris (Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc.)

As a transplant recipient, Soror Melonie Harris was considered to have a high a high-risk pregnancy. At 32 weeks her amniotic fluid was reduced thus increasing the risk of complications of labor and delivery. There was also a risk of oxygen deprivation to the baby. An emergency cesarean section was needed to deliver baby Elijah safely. Even though Elijah was born breathing on his own; he had to remain in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) for 6 weeks.

Today Elijah is thriving and growing well. The Harris family is grateful for the March of Dimes’ effort to fight premature birth.

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