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Indiana Gov. Pence honors breastfeeding advocate

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Tuesday, August 5, 2014 - 8:37 am

INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana Gov. Mike Pence is honoring a breastfeeding advocate as part of state and worldwide events celebrating the practice.

The Indiana State Department of Health says Pence has recognized Terry Jo Curtis, the founder of the Indianapolis-based Indiana Black Breastfeeding Coalition. Curtis died on Mother's Day in May.

In a recent letter to Curtis' family and friends, Pence said Curtis "was a true role model for Indiana citizens, one who broke barriers and lived by the belief that understanding and compassion are the means to impact change."

Pence has proclaimed Aug. 1-7 as Breastfeeding Week in Indiana in conjunction with World Breastfeeding Week.