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Greenspring Volunteers to Spend Veterans’ Day Waging War on Disease that Kills More Than One Million Children Each Year

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November 4th, 2009

SPRINGFIELD, VA This Veterans Day, a small group of residents at Greenspring retirement community will spend the day waging war on diarrhoeal disease, an illness that kills more than one million children each year. The World Health Organization estimates that there are two billion cases of diarrhoeal disease annually. Affecting mainly developing countries, the illness causes severe dehydration and loss of salts necessary for survival. Each year, diarrhoeal disease kills an estimated 1.5 million children. The disease is the second leading cause of death in children younger than five. All it takes to treat diarrhoeal disease is clean water and a precise measurement of salt and sugar, a treatment known as oral rehydration therapy. Unfortunately, those three ingredients are hard to find in many countries. That s where Greenspring residents will make a difference. From 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. on Nov. 11, more than 60 Greenspring residents will gather in the community s Hunters Crossing Conference Center to fill 10,000 oral rehydration packets with a measured amount of salt and sugar. When complete, each packet will contain 1/2 teaspoon of sodium chloride, 1/4 teaspoon of potassium chloride, 1/2 teaspoon of sodium bicarbonate and 6 teaspoons of sugar. All packets will be sent to the Universal Aide Society for distribution in the Philippines. When combined with one liter of boiled water at the source, these 10,000 packets will save 140 lives. A true community effort, Greenspring s Treasure Chest donated $2,000 for the oral rehydration ingredients and resident Bill Campbell made the measuring spoons in Greenspring s woodshop. About Greenspring: More than 2,000 people live at Greenspring, an Erickson full-service retirement community that promotes a vibrant lifestyle. Erickson Retirement Communities is one of the leading national developers of full-service retirement communities. Headquartered near Baltimore, Md., Erickson has built an innovative network of communities that combine a maintenance-free, active lifestyle with an ever-expanding host of amenities, social activities, and wellness and medical centers, proven to improve both physical and mental health. Erickson was named by FORTUNE as being one of the Top 100 2009 Best Companies to Work For ' . For more information about this story, please contact Jason Connors, public relations manager, at (703) 923-4690.