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Support for event raises awareness of Fetal Alcohol Syndrome

Posted: Monday, September 15, 2003

International Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Awareness Day on Sept. 9 was a connecting, healing and well-attended event here on the central peninsula.

We have so many people to thank: the Heartbeat of Mother Earth Drummers for opening our ceremony (wow!); Bonnie Nichols for her beautiful lullabies; Jane Stein for her passion; Conoco-Phillips for the tent that kept us out of the rain; the Kenai American Legion for cooking up a big yummy breakfast for the community; the American Legion Auxiliary for putting together all those FAS Day knots and cards; Patti Little for spearheading the American Legion's involvement; Paw Paw Printing for printing, cutting and folding the FAS Day cards; West Coast Paper for donating card stock.

Thanks also to Kenai Mayor John Williams for supporting the cause and to both Mayor

Williams and Soldotna Mayor Dave Carey for their official proclamations; to Beemun's for the helium balloons; to the Peninsula Clarion and KSRM for their excellent coverage of FAS Day activities and for helping to educate the public; to the area social service agencies who allowed their staffs to attend the ceremony; to Central Peninsula Health Centers for their support of Dr.

McIntosh's involvement in the FAS Diagnostic Program, and finally, thanks to Dr. McIntosh for her unfailing steadfastness in promoting education, prevention and diagnosis of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders.

We are deeply appreciative of this community's support, for the courage and determination of families who are raising children with FASD, and for the professionals who help make life better for these kids and adults and their families.

Margaret Parsons-Williams

Vickie Tinker

Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Program

Frontier Community Services

Soldotna



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