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ABC News Anchor Bob Woodruff to be Roasted for Spina Bifida

Thursday, August 23, 2007 General News J E 4
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WASHINGTON, Aug. 22 ABC News anchor BobWoodruff, nearly killed by a roadside bomb while reporting in Iraq, will bethe guest of honor during the 19th Annual Roast for Spina Bifida on Monday,Oct. 29 in Washington, D.C.

A who's who of media and political leaders will gather to roast Woodruffand raise funds to further the fight against Spina Bifida, the most common,permanently disabling birth defect in the United States affecting more than70,000 men, women, adolescents and children. At Washington's Omni ShorehamHotel, media colleagues and legislators will rib Woodruff on his endeavors todate including his time as co-anchor of "World News Tonight." Thedistinguished leaders who will roast Woodruff will be announced in September.

A multi-lingual lawyer turned journalist, Woodruff's diverse and award-winning, global reporting to date includes Operation Iraqi Freedom, the deathof Pope John Paul II, North Korea and Iran, Hurricane Katrina, the 2006Palestinian elections and many others. In February, Woodruff and his wife,Lee, published an account of their lives after the injury titled, In anInstant: A Family's Journey of Love and Healing. A bio may be found at:http://abcnews.go.com/WNT/story?id=127761 .

"We're thrilled that Bob is lending his time to help show the importanceof improving the quality of life for people with Spina Bifida and educatingwomen on how to prevent it," said Cindy Brownstein, Spina Bifida Association'sChief Executive Officer.

Spina Bifida is a neural tube defect (NTD) that occurs in the first monthof pregnancy when the spinal column fails to close completely. The Roast wasfounded in 1989 by Judy Woodruff (no relation) and Al Hunt, whose 25-year-oldson, Jeffrey Hunt, was born with Spina Bifida.

Advance tickets may be purchased through the SBA office at 800-621-3141 or202-944-3285 or via e-mail: Roast@sbaa.org. For more details, contact MaryCorcoran Knoll at (888) 837-8777.

Approximately 65 million women of childbearing age in the United Statesare potentially at risk for having a pregnancy affected by Spina Bifida, whichmay occur with no prior family history. Women of childbearing age can reducetheir risk of having a child with Spina Bifida by taking 400 micrograms (mcg)of folic acid every day. The Hispanic community is the largest U.S. riskgroup.

SOURCE Spina Bifida Association
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