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UPMC Media Relations

Fight Prematurity Benefit to Raise Funds for Research at Magee-Womens Research Institute

WHAT: A benefit to fight premature birth and to bolster prematurity research at Magee-Womens Research Institute

WHO: Hosts Alyssa and Sam Robb, local parents who have experienced the devastating complications of prematurity first-hand; maternal-fetal medicine expert, Dr. Hyagriv Simhan; Magee-Womens Research Institute researchers; Magee-Womens Foundation staff; and community guests

WHEN: 7 to 10 p.m., Friday, Sept. 16, 2011

WHERE: The Club at Nevillewood, 1000 Nevillewood Drive, Presto, PA

WHY: Alyssa and Sam Robb are parents to Baylor, who was born at 26 weeks weighing just over 2 pounds at Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC. Baylor spent 75 days in Magee’s neonatal intensive care unit and is now a healthy, happy toddler. They also have experienced the devastation of losing Baylor’s twin brother and, prior to that, a pregnancy at 23 weeks. The Robb’s now are committed to fighting prematurity and the complications that arise from it.

The event will benefit the Maternal-Fetal Medicine program and Dr. Hyagriv Simhan’s prematurity research projects at Magee-Womens Research Institute. Premature birth affects up to 13 percent of all pregnancies. Dr. Simhan is an experienced clinical and translational perinatal researcher whose projects focus on nutritional strategies and prevention efforts to reduce preterm birth, among others.  

The evening will feature music and wine-tasting along with a raffle and live and silent auctions. Tickets are $100 per person.

To attend, contact Denise Wickline at (412) 641-8950 or

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