Families 'bounce' to support autism research
From a press release:
On April 22, 2010, local families will bounce, slide, and jump at Pump It Up of Cy-Fair to raise funds for autism and celebrate National Autism Awareness Month.
Pump It Up of Cy-Fair, part of the nation's largest franchise of indoor, inflatable playgrounds, is taking part in the nationwide fundraising efforts on behalf of the Autism Society throughout the month of April. The Cy-Fair facility is one of more than 150 Pump It Up franchises across the country hosting Bounce for Autism' events.
For a suggested donation of $10 to the Autism Society, families will enjoy open play time from 4:00pm to 7:00pm on the giant, inflatable structures that stand nearly two stories high. Pump It Up of Cy-Fair will also offer Puzzle Ribbon sponsor cards throughout the entire month of April with a recommended donation of $10. All proceeds will benefit the Autism Society.
For children with autism who struggle with sensory issues, Pump It Up encourages them to run, jump, laugh and play in an environment they feel comfortable in," said Luckie Ford, owner of Pump It Up of Cy-Fair. I just makes sense for us to help raise funds to support families impacted by autism on a day-to-day basis, and we hope to inspire the Cy-Fair community to support this worthy cause as well."
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one in every 110 children is diagnosed with autism (up from one in every 150 in 2007) and one in every 70 boys is affected. The Autism Society estimates that approximately 1.5 million Americans have an autism spectrum disorder, and according to the US Department of Education, it is growing at a rate of 10 17 percent per year.
Autism is a complex neurodevelopmental condition that typically appears during the first two years of life and affects a person's ability to communicate and interact with others. Autism is defined by a certain set of behaviors and is a spectrum disorder" that affects individuals differently and to varying degrees. There is no known single cause for autism, but increased awareness and funding can help families today.
For more information about Bounce for Autism, please visit www.BounceforAutism.org.
For more information about the event at Pump It Up in Cy-Fair please contact 281.469.4205 or visit www.pumpitupcyfair.com.
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