It’s that time of year again! Today we’re thrilled to announce the launch of our annual year end fundraising campaign, Recipe4Hope. Every dollar donated to the campaign will go directly to funding pre- and post-doctoral autism research fellowships to expand our understanding of what causes autism and to develop better treatments.
Each year the Recipe4Hope campaign profiles a family that epitomizes the spirit and teamwork shown by autism families around the globe. This year, the campaign focuses on the Congdon family from Hendersonville, North Carolina.
“When we visited the Congdon family we saw Eric and Marian Congdon and their children, Lydia (17 years), Emily (16 years), who has autism, Eric (15 years), and Sara (12 years) working together to prepare their holiday meal,” said Dawn Crawford, community relations and media manager of the Autism Science Foundation. “They worked as a great team, just as the whole autism community must work together as a team to fund research and find new solutions for our families.”
“ASF is getting the science done. They are funding the studies we need to really make a difference in our kids’ lives,” Eric Congdon said.
“ASF is a dream come true,” said Marian Congdon. “Science and autism treatments are huge for me and my family. There is so much out there as a parent to read. It’s good to know that ASF cuts through the pseudoscience and shares trusted studies.”
“We know that autism research is a great source of hope for families with autism,” said Alison Singer, president of the Autism Science Foundation. “Through our pre- and post-doctoral fellowship program we are putting bright young scientists to work unlocking the causes of autism and developing effective treatments that will improve people’s lives. We need each member of the autism community to take his or her place at the table in funding research. Everyone has a hand in this.”
The fundraising campaign runs through December 31. Supporters are encouraged to share favorite family recipes and holiday dishes on ASF’s Facebook page and Twitter account. Follow hashtag, #recipe4hope, to keep up with the latest. You can even create your own fundraising page to raise donations! It’s easy and free to set up a personal page and give the gift of hope this holiday season.
The Autism Science Foundation has funded over $700,000 in pre and post-doctoral grants. Ongoing donor support for this program through the Recipe4Hope campaign is critical. ASF’s pre- and post-doctoral grant program encourages bright, energetic young scientists to devote their careers to autism research. These research grants are already having a real impact on the field.
To donate or learn more about the Recipe4Hope campaign, visit recipe4hope.causevox.com. “Like” ASF on Facebook at Facebook.com/autismsciencefd, or follow ASF on at Twitter.com/autismsciencefd, on Pinterest at Pinterest.com/autismsciencefd and on Instagram at statigr.am/autismsciencefd.