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Health Events in June

* June Is Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus Awareness Month Nation Wide

Spina bifida is the number one disabling birth defect in Canada; one baby in every 1,300 is born with spina bifida and even more may have hydrocephalus. These are incurable conditions. With your help, we are making a difference in the lives of children and their families. Spirit, Breakthrough & Hope--we hope everyone will remember these words and that they are a call to action for June and the days and weeks that lie beyond. More information on the causes and ways to prevent these conditions can be found at http:// www.sbhao.on.ca or call us toll free at 1-800-387-1575 to find out how you can help.



* June is ALS Awareness Month

The first weekend in June has been designated for the ALS Society of Canada's "Flower/Awareness Day" campaign. During the Flower Day campaign, volunteers can be seen throughout communities distributing Blue Cornflowers and seeking out donations to help fund ALS research. The Blue Cornflower was chosen as the national symbol of hope for ALS because of its fragile appearance yet hardy nature. The Cornflower grows wild across most of Canada and is long-lasting with striking blue, star-like blossoms. Another popular campaign during the month of June is the WALK for ALS, a program co-ordinated and supported nationally and executed throughout the provincial units across Canada. Businesses and families can organize teams to take part in the WALK for ALS and it has become a great way to show support for an employee or a family member who has ALS. The key goals for the campaign consist of increasing public awareness about ALS and helping to support local services that give aid to those living with ALS, their families and caregivers. Additional information about the ALS Society of Canada is available at http://www.als.ca.



* For a complete list of health events in June, visit Health Canada's compilation at http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/english/calendar_2005.html.