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ASU, the MISS Foundation and Kaycee's Foundation of Hope present 'Infant and Child Death Awareness and Prevention Day'

September 11, 2007

Arizona State University, the MISS Foundation and Kaycee’s Foundation of Hope join forces to present Infant and Child Death Awareness and Prevention Day. The annual event is designed to raise awareness of infant and child death and discover ways to help prevent untimely childhood deaths.

The information fair is co-sponsored by Qwest Communications, Salt River Project, and the John C. Lincoln Health Foundation. The day-long event begins at 8 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 22, at the Peoria Sports Complex, 16101 N. 83rd Ave., Peoria. Admission to the event is free and the public is encouraged to attend.

Activities are designed to be both educational and fun for the entire family, and include exhibits by the local fire department, infant and child safety vendors, guest speakers, face painting, train rides, fun walk, silent auction, and a 5K race in honor of Kaycee Elizabeth Williams.

“We are so pleased to be able to provide these vital resources to the community in an effort to keep our children healthy and safe,” said Joanne Cacciatore, faculty associate and IVE program coordinator in the department of Social Work located in the College of Human Services at ASU’s West campus. “I encourage everyone to join us for this very important event.”

Founder of the MISS Foundation and a recipient of the 2007 Hon Kachina Volunteer Award, Cacciatore and other bereavement experts will be on hand to help families who have suffered the loss of a child get connected with available resources in the community. Families will also discover ways to help themselves cope with the tragedy of losing a child.

The MISS Foundation is a nonprofit, international organization that provides ongoing support to grieving families, empowerment through community volunteerism opportunities, public policy and legislative education, and programs to reduce infant and toddler death through research and education. Kaycee’s Foundation of Hope is dedicated to making a difference in the fight against SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome).

For additional information about the Infant and Child Death Awareness and Prevention Day contact Joanne Cacciatore at (602) 543-6659, e-mail, or visit