Helena News

Nov 12, 2012 6:22 PM by Marnee Banks - MTN News

Capitol lights up blue for World Pneumonia Day

HELENA - The state capitol building lights up blue Monday evening to bring awareness to World Pneumonia Day.

According to the Best Shot Foundation, pneumonia is the world's leading killer of children under five.

Last year 1.3 million children died of pneumonia.

The executive director of the Best Shot Foundation, David Rubenstein, says an estimated 99% of those deaths were in developing countries.

"Sadly, virtually every one of those lives could be saved. The purpose of World Pneumonia Day is to bring America's attention and the world's attention to this unnecessary killer of young children," Rubenstein says. "There are cheap and effective solutions that will keep these kids alive."

The Montana Capitol is one of 18 landmarks in the U.S. which are turning blue.

The Missoula International Airport is also participating.

If you are interested in donating to help prevent pneumonia, click here.

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