Katy Mom Asks Facebook Users to 'Chase the Hope' for $1,000,000 in Autism Funding

Jan 18, 2010, 07:00 ET from National Autism Association

Chase Community Giving provides opportunity for expanded programs benefiting families affected by autism

KATY, Texas, Jan. 18 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Texas mom Leslie Phillips joins parents, grandparents, and caregivers around the country in asking Facebook users to vote for the National Autism Association (NAA) in the Chase Community Giving challenge. NAA, the only organization in the challenge strictly devoted to autism, is in the running for $1 million to be awarded to the top vote-getter in the program which ends January 22.

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"NAA provides real hope and real help to families. With just one click of a button, people can make a difference for the one in 110 children now diagnosed with autism," said Ms. Phillips, mother to a 10 year old son with the disorder.  "Although autism affects more children than any other medical condition, it receives the least amount of funding.  Families are struggling to survive the financial and emotional trials that autism presents, with even the most basic treatments and services often out of reach. One million dollars would make a tremendous difference for the programs NAA already has in place to help these families."

The $1 million award would allow NAA to significantly broaden its existing assistance programs addressing the most critical needs among families impacted by autism.  These programs include Helping Hand which assists families in funding desperately needed treatments and therapies for their children, and FOUND, established to combat the rise in wandering-related deaths in the autism community.

In addition to its family care programs, NAA advocates for the most relevant scientific research, legislation for access to medical care, coverage for medical and safety devices, services and support over the life span and protection from abuse towards individuals with autism.  The award money would allow for enhanced legislative and educational efforts for these crucial issues facing thousands of families nationwide.

"Autism is a national emergency that has gone neglected for far too long," according to Ms. Phillips. "This is an easy way for those who care about these kids and their families to help them get the assistance they desperately need."

To vote for NAA in Chase Community Giving on Facebook, visit


To share "Chase the Hope" messages on Facebook, visit http://www.nationalautismassociation.org/chase/share.htm

SOURCE National Autism Association