Best for Babes' first Nationwide Miracle Milk Mother's Day Stroll to Save Lives will be marked locally with an event Saturday, May 10, at Pecanland Mall in Monroe.

The stroll will be from 10 a.m.-noon in the Center Court of the mall, near the entrance to JC Penneys.

The purpose is to raise funds and awareness for human milk to help save the lives of 500 premature infants annually from Necrotizing Enterocolitis (NEC) - and help prevent 5,000 babies each year from contracting this often deadly and painful disease. Feeding fragile and compromised babies human milk — whether from the mother or by donor — has been shown to reduce the risk of NEC by 79 percent. NEC is an excruciating bowel inflammation that can require multiple surgeries to remove dead tissue, may result in organ failure, months- long neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) stays, and can cost between $200,000 to over $1,000,000 to treat. Lifelong complications and treatment may also ensue.

To register or donate, or for more information, go online to www.bestforbabes.org/miracle-milk-stroll. There is also a Facebook event page for the local gathering, which can be found at facebook.com by searching "Monroe, LA Miracle Milk Mother's Day Stroll."

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