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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: HMA MOVEMENT TO SPONSOR MARCH ACROSS AMERICA Monday, March 6, 2006 Contact: HMA Press Office, 540-248-7324 From DC s Capital
    Message 1 of 1 , Mar 7, 2006
      Monday, March 6, 2006
      Contact: HMA Press Office, 540-248-7324

      From DC's Capital Hill to NY's City Hall Park, Liver Organizations,
      Activist, Families & Support Groups Are Making Plans for May 2006,
      National Hepatitis C Awareness Month.
      WASHINGTON, DC– Hepatitis C Movement for Awareness (HMA) is once
      again hosting the Fifth Annual, "Weekend for Awareness," with a new
      twist this year. Joining HMA, the Latino Organization for Liver
      <http://www.lola-national.org/> Awareness, LOLA, and other
      organizations will "March Across America," promoting the need for a
      General Awareness Campaign.
      In recognition of "Hepatitis C Awareness Month," individuals and groups
      that can't make the DC event, are scheduling a march in their own
      hometown. Most will rally on local government to inform about the risk
      to communities. Groups interested in participating can visit this link
      to sign up. The Movement provides pamphlets that volunteers can print
      out, which include a voucher for a free in home test kit.

      Dubbed "The National Event," held in DC, begins Wednesday, May 24. The
      first two days, local State teams will unite on Capital Hill, with
      scheduled appointments. This is followed by a "Kick Off" Rally and
      Silent Auction, Thursday evening. The March begins Friday, 10 AM, with
      plans to step off at 11:30. Participants will gather at Lafayette Park,
      across from the White House. There will be guest speakers from the
      Hepatitis C community. More information will follow. Saturday is
      "National Testing Day"; a free day for enjoying the National Memorial
      activities. Services including parades and entertainment, Many
      volunteers will converge on t <http://www.march-on-dc.com/> he National
      Mall, distributing HMA's pamphlets and vouchers. Events will end with a
      candlelight vigil that evening in memory of the 10,000 former Military
      Veterans that died last year because of Hepatitis C. HEPATITIS C is
      viral infection of the blood, with almost 6 million Americans infected.
      It can lead to permanent problems, cirrhosis and organ failure. Only 20%
      know they have the infection. The only means to prevent it is through
      awareness, testing, and a "General Education Campaign." There is no
      vaccine. As the leading epidemic in the world and the number one
      cause of liver transplants in the United States, organizers want the
      message clear; "Our primary mission is to alert the public to the many
      ways the virus is spread while encouraging people to get tested."
      Especially minorities and those with military backgrounds, most
      affected. Please come out and support a true effort for federal and
      state responses to this epidemic.
      Register online at
      Special room rates expire on April 21.
      For more information and get a copy of the "Are You At Risk" pamphlet
      with a test kit voucher visit: www.March-on-DC.com

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