Community Members and Elected Officials to Rally at 6th Annual Asthma March in East Harlem

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Thousands Expected to Participate in March Co-Sponsored by The Children's Aid Society and The East Harlem Asthma Working Group

Contact:
Ellen Lubell, The Children’s Aid Society, (w) 212-949-4938, (c) 917-854-6864
Emily Crossan, The Children’s Aid Society, (w) 917-286-1548, (c) 201-344-5742

When/Where:
 Saturday, September 6, 2008
11:00 a.m.Participants gather at 116th Street between Park and Lexington Avenues
12:30 p.m. – Marchers arrive at State Office Building Plaza, 163 West 125th Street, just east of Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Blvd., for awards ceremony

What:
In response to the high rates of asthma in New York City, especially in East Harlem, residents and elected officials will be marching for increased awareness and health care services at the 6th Annual Asthma March, co-sponsored by The Children's Aid Society and The East Harlem Asthma Working Group.

New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, Congressman Charles Rangel and community member Anne Bradshaw will all receive awards when the marchers arrive at the State Office Building at 12:30 pm.

The Harlem Hospital Center will provide asthma screenings and the Metropolitan Hospital Center will offer blood pressure screenings at a health fair in the State Office Building Plaza after the ceremony. The New York City Department of Health, Casa Mexico, FACES NY and Sisterlink will provide information to the community.

Who:
New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn
Congressman Charles Rangel
New York State Senator José Serrano
New York City Council Member Melissa Mark-Viverito
New York City Council Member Inez Dickens
New York State Senator Bill Perkins
Children’s Aid Society youth will march and act as Grand Marshals

The Children’s Aid Society (www.childrensaidsociety.org) was founded in 1853. It is one of the nation’s largest and most innovative non-sectarian agencies, serving 150,000 of New York’s neediest children and their families with a network of services that includes community schools, neighborhood centers, camps, adoption and foster care services, arts programming, teen pregnancy prevention, education, health and recreation. The Children's Aid Society is a founding member of the Boys & Girls Clubs of America and the vast majority of Children’s Aid sites are Boys & Girls Clubs. For more information, please call 212-949-4938 or email ellenl@childrensaidsociety.org.

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