QC residents raised awareness of dangerous disease in babies

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DAVENPORT, Iowa — Dozens of Quad Citians are walking to help premature babies.

About 80 gathered at Vander Veer Park in Davenport Saturday, May 14 for the third annual "Miracle Milk Stroll." The event raises awareness about the use of human breast milk to prevent Necrotizing Enterocolitis (NEC).

The disease mainly effects pre-term babies but human milk can significantly decrease the risk. The disease is serious as it can be fatal to the child.

"So we're really hoping that both parents will be empowered to ask for human milk if their mom isn't able to produce, and that also doctors and hospital administrators will on their own make sure they have access to milk from a donor bank," said Wendy Burrows from La Leche League of the Quad Cities.

Miracle Milk Strolls took place all over the country today. This year was the walk's largest in the Quad Cities.

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