July 18, 2012

Walk Now For Autism Speaks

Understanding how little funding there is for autism research may better illustrate the importance of my fundraising efforts.  Did you know that autism receives less than 5% of the research funding of many less prevalent childhood disorders and diseases? 

Prevalence VS. Private Funding
   • Leukemia: Affects 1 in 1,200 / Funding: $277 million
   • Muscular Dystrophy: Affects 1 in 100,000 / Funding: $162 million
   • Pediatric AIDS: Affects 1 in 300 / Funding: $394 million
   • Juvenile Diabetes: Affects 1 in 500 / Funding: $156 million
   • Autism: Affects 1 in 88 / Funding: $79 million

I understand that it is difficult to ask people for donations.  I'm only posting about this once, because I don't want you to feel like I'm pestering you.  You don't have to help at all.  If you did, though, you'd be donating directly to Autism Speaks, an organization dedicated solely to autism research. 

Every 11 minutes, another family receives the devastating 
news that their child has an autism spectrum disorder.

I am walking in the 2012 Walk Now For Autism Speaks in October.  My goal is to raise $500 or more in donations.   I want to be part of the solution!

If you feel compelled to help me in this important cause, please check out my Autism Speaks Sponsor Page or use the donation button below.  Please note that 100% of your donation goes directly to Autism Speaks.

About Autism Speaks
Autism Speaks is dedicated to increasing awareness of autism spectrum disorders, to funding research into the causes, prevention and treatments for autism, and to advocating for the needs of individuals with autism and their families. It was founded in February 2005 by Suzanne and Bob Wright, the grandparents of a child with autism. Bob Wright is Senior Advisor at Lee Equity Partners and served as vice chairman, General Electric, and chief executive officer of NBC for more than twenty years.

Walk Now for Autism Speaks
Autism Speaks is proud of our signature fundraising event which brings together hundreds of thousands of participants annually across the United States and Canada with a common goal of supporting Autism Speaks. This change strengthens the marketing efforts around the Walk program by more directly branding the walks with our name, effectively eliminating any confusion with other autism walks around the world.
Powered by volunteers and families with loved ones on the autism spectrum, this successful grassroots fundraising effort not only generates vital funds for autism research but also raises awareness about the increasing prevalence of autism and the need for increased research funding to combat this complex disorder.  To see a current list of walk sites please visit www.walknowforautismspeaks.org

I believe in the importance of thanking people that have made donations.  When someone makes a donation to my team, I will send you a personal Thank-You Note as well as a special Autism Awareness bracelet from my Etsy shop.

Please help in donating to this wonderful and important cause.  Thank you!

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