Posted: Tuesday, March 19, 2002

Immunizations promoted by 4 area organizations

I want to publicly acknowledge four organizations, located in Kenai, that helped promote immunizations for children by making donations to the Vaccinate Alaska Coalition. American Legion Post 20, Sons of the American Legion SQD 20, Locale 1539 of the Forty and Eight and the American Legion Auxiliary Unit 20 contributed to the "I Did It By Two" campaign. This focuses attention on the need to provide children with the protection they need from vaccine-preventable diseases early in life -- before they are 2 years old.

This year the contributions were used to fund three projects. "I Did It By Two" buttons were purchased to be distributed at the start of the race and along the trail.

Stuffed husky dog toys with collars autographed by Martin Buser were made available to all health care centers that provide immunizations for babies. These will be given away in random drawings to children whose immunizations are up to date.

And lastly, two dog jackets with an immunization theme printed on them were given to each musher. The names of the mushers who chose to put these jackets on their dogs at the ceremonial start in Anchorage were entered in a drawing for a $500 prize. Most teams were wearing the jackets so this brought the message to the streets of Anchorage and beyond!

Again, I would like to thank the local organizations that were supportive of this campaign and the greater cause of protecting children.

Mary Jane Hanley

Kenai Public Health Center

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