Story last updated at 12:24 p.m. Friday, September 6, 2002

FAS awareness day Sept. 9
On Sept. 9 at 9:09 a.m., people around the world will pause for one minute to remember that during the nine months of pregnancy, women should not drink alcohol.

Millions of people can never live normally because their brains, and sometimes their bodies, have been damaged by alcohol before they were even born. There is no cure for Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, but it is 100 percent preventable when a mother does not drink at any time during pregnancy.

The "reef" or "square" knot has become a symbol of building awareness of FAS because this knot can mend a cord by making it stronger. Although there is no cure, FAS is treatable. Please contact Gloria Stuart at 235-2898 by Monday, Sept. 9, to pick up a wearable knot to show your support of FAS education and awareness.

Many thanks to the wonderful volunteers who have helped prepare for recognizing International Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Awareness Day in our community: Beth Selby and family, the American Legion Ladies Auxiliary; John, Sandy and Annie Street; Soldotna Boy Scout Troop 572; Susan Drathman and DD Pride Program in Homer; Pam Collman FAS Parent Navigator in Seward; Beemums and Kenai Fabric.

Margaret Parsons-Williams, coordinator

FAS Program, Frontier Community Services