Wear Purple Friday to celebrate and remember premature babies.

November 16, 2017

Written By

Mary Friona Celani

I saw a post dripping in purple. It was a great reminder from a wonderful mom – for all of us to wear purple on Friday, November 17th.

Why? Well – if you didn’t know, it’s World Prematurity Day!

World Prematurity Day is observed on November 17 each year. It aims to raise awareness about the issues associated with preterm birth. It also spreads information about how to help and support affected families.

Believe it or not, according to The March of Dimes, 380,000 babies are born prematurely every year in the U.S.

One of those babies was sweet little Alannah Pionessa. We first told you about Alannah a few months back when she was collecting blankets and books for babies in the NICU at Women & Children’s Hospital.


Alannah – who is now a beautiful 8-year-old was born nine weeks early. She spent 80 days in the hospital before she could go home to be with her family. 80 days.

So, Alannah will be wearing purple Friday.

Maybe – as you’re getting dressed Friday morning – you might consider wearing purple for Alannah.

Or for some other little baby you know. Or don’t know.

She was a NICU baby 8 years ago, now she’s giving back, saying thanks.


About Me

Welcome to Totally Buffalo! My name is Mary Friona-Celani and I am the creator of this site! After spending 20 years in the Buffalo media, I moved on to focus on my beautiful family. Now, the time has come for a new project. I was ready for something new. Something mine.
I am born and raised in WNY and my pride runs deep. My husband, Scott and I are very happy to be raising our four daughters here.






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