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"I have read that the oscillation of butterfly wings in Brazil may set off storms in Texas." --Janette Turner Hospital
FASD Awareness Day in the USA|
September 9, 2003
On September 9, 2003, U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski introduced resolution (S. Res 220) to the U.S. Senate which asks
the President of the United States to designate Sept. 9th as National FAS Awareness Day.
Events include a birthday cake celebration in Nome to honor all babies who will be born in the region in the coming year; mayoral proclamations in Wasilla, Anchorage and Haines; ringing of bells and a breakfast sponsored by the American Legion in Kenai; and call in radio shows in Copper River/Glennallen (Coffee Break) and statewide through APRN Talk of Alaska.
Alaska's FAS Day Site: http://www.hss.state.ak.us/fas/Resources/fasday.htm
Alaska's Proclamation: http://www.gov.state.ak.us/proclamations.php?id=480
Ninilchik Indian Tribe's first FASDAY event went well, with radio PSA's, posters and brochures, reading of the proclamation signed by Mayor Bagley. We provided local restaurants, bars and liquor stores with napkins and balloons to hand out. More details in the FASDAY 2003 Ninilchik Report.
Adult Alcohol Prevention Program Manager
We conducted a state-wide radio show on FASD and I spoke to a crowd of 150 in our community.
Bells of Hope rang at the Cathedral at 9:09. Representative Linda Lopez read a poem written by a parent of children with FASD. D'Anne sang "Baby Mine" to Baby Cody (1-year-old star of the local parent support group). After a "BreakFASD" of coffee and muffins, a group gathered at the FAS Center for a song fest and story telling session, with pizza and prizes.
FAS Day in Flagstaff began with a tornado warning-- a tornado was actually observed 20 miles west of town. I rang the bells at the Church of the Epiphany and we had an information display.
Dr. Cindy Beckett at our local medical center arranged for a front page article on FAS in our local paper, which you can view at the Arizona Daily Sun
Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Day in Illinois raised some eyebrows. On
9-9-2003 we were on ABC News. Senator Welsch, Christine Schmitt, (State of
Illinois Fetal Alchol Syndrome Rep), Kristy, Dad, and myself had a great day.
The new anchor lady used a picture of a glass, baby, and mom. She also went
to the Dr. office and had an ultrasound of a pregnant mother, and went to a tavern
showing them pouring beer adn tied all this with her story. Here is a
rough draf from the station:
scroll until you see Fas Awareness.
She made it her top story on the 6pm news. I was schocked.
Thank you all for your support I couldnt have done it with out all you Fas moms
Kayla and I accepted today at city hall the proclamation from Wichita Mayor Carlos Mayans. This played on cable city channel 7 live, and will be shown numerous other times in the next week. Kansas Governor Kathleen Sebelius also issued a proclamation this year, but I was not able to accept it in person. We have had a state proclamation every year since the first FAS Awareness Day in 1999.
The FASD Center for Excellence had a table in the lobby of our office building which houses both the Center for Substance abuse Prevention and the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment. The table provided fact sheets, posters, brochures, our Town Hall reports, a display of our soon to be posted new website, balloons, snickers bars, etc.
The staff hosted an educational lunch event back in their office to the staff of Northrop Grumman Information Technology. (Northrop has many federal contracts for health promotion efforts that could all benefit from understanding the public health epidemic of FAS and its connection to the social and health problems they are adressing.)
The Center's largest event to conmemorate Awareness Day, however, is the Women in Recovery meeting in Baltimore where we will bring in over 200 women currently in substance abuse treatment for a first ever event. Very exciting!
Annie Acosta, CSAP
I just wanted to tell you all We had a small meditation meeting. I am so proud of you all. and the great sounds of awareness that echoed off all corners of the earth. I am
starting early for next year. I have some great ideas. I am moved by every one of you. May your family and Friends know how blessed they are to have each and every one of you?
Governor Perry issued a proclamation for FAS Day and a copy of the Proclamation is posted in the office of the Texas Office for the Prevention of Developmental Disabilities.
Diane Pina of San Antonio invited Texans to an event called "Por el Amor de los Niņos" ("For the Love of Children"), a project of the University of Texas Health Science Center Houston, School of Public Health, San Antonio Regional Campus. This event included poster displays and a PowerPoint presentation on FASD. Claudia Barker of Austin and her daughter gave a speech at the dinner.
Last Update: September 10, 2003