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March of Dimes plans ‘Wave of Light’ ceremony

By Staff | Oct 1, 2009

WAILUKU — March of Dimes Maui Board President Shannon Robinson announced that the general public is invited to the March of Dimes-Maui Division’s second annual “Wave of Light” candle lighting ceremony.

Coordinated in recognition of National Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day, the event will be held on Thursday, Oct. 15, at 7 p.m. on the lawn fronting the Kalana O Maui building at 200 S. High St. in Wailuku. Participants are asked to be present by 6:45 p.m.

Event Chair Lauren Wilson said, “The Wave of Light is a way for all those who have been touched by pregnancy or infant loss to remember and honor their loved ones. This is a global event that we are very honored to bring to Maui. Ceremonies are held at 7 p.m. on October 15th around the world to create a continuous wave of light.”

Wilson was inspired to chair this event after her daughter, Akeelah Nadia, passed away in June 2008.  She and her husband, Lance, hope that the event will raise awareness of pregnancy and infant loss and provide comfort to families touched by loss.

March of Dimes is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality.  

To sign up to participate in the candle lighting ceremony, call Wilson at 264-3007 or e-mail healingemptyarmswithlove@gmail.com.