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Media Advisory: “Love Me … Never Shake Me” Bibs to be Distributed Across the State of Ohio

Kiwanis Club of Columbus and Prevent Child Abuse Ohio of the Center for Child and Family Advocacy at Nationwide Children’s Hospital Team Up to Spread Awareness of Shaken Baby Syndrome

COLUMBUS, OH - 9/22/2008

M E D I A    A D V I S O R Y

WHAT: 
Love Me … Never Shake Me” Bibs to be Distributed Across the State of Ohio
Kiwanis Club of Columbus and Prevent Child Abuse Ohio of the Center for Child and Family Advocacy at Nationwide Children’s Hospital Team Up to Spread Awareness of Shaken Baby Syndrome

WHEN:  
Monday, September 22, 2008
Noon

WHERE:  
The Athletic Club of Columbus
136 E. Broad St.
Columbus, OH 43215

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: 
Shaken Baby Syndrome (SBS), one of the most violent forms of child abuse, accounts for the majority of severe brain injuries in children under one year of age. To address this issue, the Kiwanis Club of Columbus and Prevent Child Abuse Ohio (PCAO) of the Center for Child and Family Advocacy at Nationwide Children’s Hospital teamed up to develop and create a bib which reads, “Love Me … Never Shake Me,” that will be sent home with parents of newborns as they leave their birthing hospital.

In attendance at the event will be Jon Fishpaw, father of Claire Fishpaw, the 9-year-old of which Senate Bill 144 related to SBS is named after.

Thanks to the financial contributions of Kiwanis Club members across the state of Ohio, more than 17,000 bibs along with printed material providing tips on how to console an inconsolable child will be distributed to birthing hospitals in 18 counties including Athens, Clermont, Columbiana, Cuyahoga, Darke, Fayette, Franklin, Hamilton, Licking, Logan, Marion, Medina, Morrow, Stark, Trumbull, Tuscarawas, Washington and Wood.

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CONTACTS AT EVENT:
Pat Lyons
Prevent Child Abuse Ohio
(614) 560-3619

Kathleen Roberts     
Kiwanis Club of Columbus    
(614) 530-1950     

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