March of Dimes WalkAmerica coming

The early money turn-in date is April 6 at state Department of Health Kaua‘i headquarters on ‘Umi Street in Lihu‘e for the April 8 March of Dimes WalkAmerica event at Lydgate Park, organizers said in a press release.

March of Dimes staff and volunteers have stepped forward to combat the problem of premature births.

WalkAmerica, the well-known fund-raising event, is taking place on April 8 at 8 a.m. at Lydgate Park, to help March of Dimes researchers find the answers to why premature birth happens, and what can be done about it.

This serious problem has increased 27 percent since 1981, and affects out of every eight babies. Many babies born prematurely die or face lifelong disabilities.

More than half the time premature birth happens for unknown causes.

“We need everyone on Kaua‘i to join WalkAmerica,” said Dennis Francis, the chair of the Hawaii Chapter 2006 WalkAmerica.

“It’s easy. Just call (toll-free) 1-800-272-5240 or 1-800-525-WALK, (1-800-525-9255) or visit http://www.walkamerica.org,” he continued.

“Everyone’s participation is important because premature birth is such a common and serious problem,” he added.

In 2006, the national sponsors for WalkAmerica are CIGNA, Kmart, Famous Footwear, FedEx, Farmers Insurance Group, Prevention magazine and Discovery Health.

“We’re proud to have Lt. Governor Duke Aiona as our honorary chair.”

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