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Release: Oct. 24, 2001

MEDIA ADVISORY:

FUNDRAISER FOR MOTHER'S MILK BANK OF IOWA TO BE HELD OCT 27

AT AREA HY-VEE

University of Iowa Health Care pediatrics staff will host a fundraising and information table for the Mother's Milk Bank of Iowa from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27 at the Hy-Vee on Waterfront Drive in Iowa City.

Oct. 27 is also Make a Difference Day, an annual event held the fourth Saturday of October and sponsored by USA WEEKEND Magazine in partnership with the Points of Light Foundation.

The bank, which will be housed within the Division of Pediatric Nutrition at UI Hospital and Clinics, would be the first in the state and one of only six in the nation to provide pasteurized donor human milk to at-risk hospitalized infants in need. The event will be led by Jean Drulis, UI program associate in pediatrics, and Sandy Hanson, UI research assistant in pediatrics, who are part of the UI Health Care team working on the initiative under the direction of Ekhard Ziegler, M.D., UI professor of pediatrics. The projected first-year budget will be $150,000.

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends human milk as the preferred feeding for all infants, especially those who are born premature or sick. Human milk provides developing babies with antibodies and other substances that help protect against disease and infection. Overall, breast milk-fed premature infants are able to leave the hospital earlier than formula-fed premature infants.

Individuals who would like to support the milk bank financially may send their contributions to the Mother's Milk Bank of Iowa Fund, The University of Iowa Foundation, P.O. Box 4550, Iowa City, Iowa, 52244-4550.

For more information, contact Jean Drulis at (319) 356-2652. Drulis also can be contacted the day of the event at (319) 330-5645.

For more information about Make a Difference Day, visit http://usaweekend.com/diffday/

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