Tighten the net on Malaria!

Valdez Bite Back 5K Run/Walk
and Kids 1 Mile Fun Run
Saturday, June 9th 
10:00 a.m. John Kelsey Municipal Plaza
Let's end malaria

The Bite Back 5K Run/Walk is a fun annual event in Valdez.  We gather each year to have fun with family and friends, while raising money for a life saving cause.   

The Bite Back 5K was created to raise money for those who suffer from the horrors of malaria.  Malaria is a blood infection caused by a tiny parasite. A person becomes infected after being bitten by a mosquito carrying the malaria parasite. Malaria starts with a fever. Then come the headaches and the vomiting. If not treated quickly, malaria can overwhelm the body or even infect the brain and cause a coma. At this point, malaria becomes fatal. Here are some quick figures for you to consider:

  • 350-500 million cases of malaria occur worldwide each year.
  • Malaria causes 20 percent of ALL childhood deaths in sub-Saharan Africa.
  • 90 percent of malaria deaths occur in Africa—nearly 1 million people.
  • Malaria kills 2,000 children each day.

Courtesy of Compassion International: http://www.biteback.net/get-informed/#ixzz1niwbEB9U