CONTACT: BECKY SOGLIN
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 335-6660; fax (319) 384-4638
Release: Oct. 24, 2001
FUNDRAISER FOR MOTHER'S MILK BANK OF IOWA TO BE HELD OCT
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
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
University of Iowa Health Care describes the partnership between the
UI College of Medicine and the UI Hospitals and Clinics and the patient care,
medical education and research programs and services they provide. Visit UI
Health Care online at www.uihealthcare.com.