RON THORNBURGH
Secretary of State

STATE OF KANSAS
Memorial Hall, 1st Floor
120 SW 10th Avenue
Topeka, KS 66612-1594
(785) 296-4564
www.kssos.org


NEWS RELEASE

For Immediate Release
Tuesday, January 14, 2002

Contact Information
Jesse Borjon, Communications Director
Office of the Secretary of State
(785) 296-4580
jesseb@kssos.org

Secretary of State Ron Thornburgh Leads the Way to the
Tiniest Babies March of Dimes WalkAmerica

TOPEKA, KANSAS, JANUARY 14, 2002 – The March of Dimes Topeka Division is pleased to announce that Secretary of State Ron Thornburgh will serve as chair for the WalkAmerica in 2002. Ron is active in the community and will bring solid community volunteer leadership experience to the WalkAmerica Committee.


WalkAmerica will take place on April 26, 2002 at Gage Park. By taking part in the walk that saves babies, the more than 600 walkers who participate are truly heroes for the tiniest babies!


“When you participate in the March of Dimes WalkAmerica, you really are a hero for the tiniest babies,” said Mr. Thornburgh. “That’s because you are helping to save babies born prematurely who must fight just to survive. By walking, you could make the difference for them because you are supporting lifesaving research and innovative programs to find ways to prevent prematurity and help these babies win their fight.”


“We are honored to have Ron Thornburgh as the WalkAmerica 2002 chair,” said Linda Fricke, March of Dimes Board Chair. “With his leadership and guidance, along with the community’s support, we are going to make the Topeka Division’s WalkAmerica one of the best ever.”


The March of Dimes is a national voluntary health agency whose mission is to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects and infant mortality. Founded in 1938, the March of Dimes funds programs of research, community services, education, and advocacy to save babies. For more information regarding WalkAmerica, visit the March of Dimes website at www.marchofdimes.com or contact your local March of Dimes office at 785-228-0084.

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