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Veteran NYC Radio Broadcaster-Producer and Wife Take Aim at Autism

(PRWEB) September 20, 2005 -- WAWZ Star 99.1 FM producer and broadcaster Zach Martin and his wife Emily have formed "Team Sophie's Choice" to raise funds for Autism Research and Treatment through Cure Autism Now's "Walk Now, New York".

 “  We encourage corporations, high school and university student bodies to come out and walk with us  
Join the very special team that Sophie herself is "Captain" of. It will be walking to find a cure for Autistic Spectrum Disorder. Walk with the team on Saturday, Oct. 1, 2005, or give what you can to help. It was never Sophie's choice to have Autism, but it can be your choice to help find the cure.

All proceeds and donations go straight to "Cure Autism Now", so that not one more child has to live with the mystery and struggle of this disorder. Any amount helps!

"We encourage corporations, high school
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 and university student bodies to come out and walk with us," said Zach Martin. "So little is known about the cause and we have a long road ahead in search for a cure."

The walk, sponsored by CAN (Cure Autism Now) will take place on Saturday, Oct. 1, 2005. The 5K Walk starts at Palisades Center in West Nyack, N.Y. Team Sophie's Choice was formed in honor of their 5-year-old daughter who suffers from Autism Spectrum Disorder.

Founded in 1995, the Cure Autism Now(CAN) Foundation is an organization of parents, clinicians and leading scientists committed to accelerating the pace of biomedical research in autism through research, education
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 and outreach.

Since its founding, Cure Autism Now has funded over $25 million in research, the establishment and ongoing support of the Autism Genetic Resource Exchange (AGRE), and numerous outreach and awareness activities aimed at families, physicians, governmental officials and the general public.

Quick Reference Facts on Autism

-Approximately 1 in 166 people have an autism spectrum disorder.

-Autism is the 3rd most common developmental disorder, following mental retardation and cerebral palsy.

-Every state in the union is seeing a rapid increase in people diagnosed with autism. In California alone, there has been a 238% rise in the cases of autism over the last 12 years.

-Autism only recently (within the last 5-10 years) began to benefit from advances in scientific technology and discovery.

-Autism is four times more prevalent in boys than girls and knows no racial, ethnic or social boundaries. Family income, lifestyle and educational levels do not affect the chance of autism's occurrence.

Cure Autism Now's mission takes a four-part approach:

Cure Autism Now funds a variety of referred scientific awards that are designed to encourage innovative approaches toward identifying the causes, prevention, treatment and a cure for autism and related disorders. Projects are selected by a panel of eminent university faculty for funding that represent a variety of approaches and cutting-edge techniques, encompass both basic science and concrete clinical findings that can make a direct impact on the lives of families; support experienced experts and encourage talented newcomers to enter the field.

Cure Autism Now established and funds at the level of over $1 million per year, the genetic resource exchange. AGRE is the largest and only fully collaborative and gene bank of over 400 families with more than one child with autism. AGRE enables an unlimited number of scientists to join the search for the genes that are implicated in autism - a discovery that will likely be the most direct route to treatment design and a cure. As well as being an incredible resource to scientists, AGRE is creating a new paradigm for the way in which research is approached.

Cure Autism Now works to bring families, scientists and researchers together in order to increase understanding, promote collaboration and facilitate research on a practical level. These efforts include information distribution, parent and professional conferences and think tanks attended by top researchers in autism and other relevant fields.

Cure Autism Now works with the local and national media, the United States Congress and the National Institute of Health in order to increase awareness and encourage more aggressive funding of biological research in autism.

To join “Team Sophie's Choice" , make a donation or for further information contact Emily,
Mother to and voice for my 5 year old autistic daughter, online at:

http://www.walknow.org/05newyork/sophieschoice

Pledges are tax deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law. CURE AUTISIM NOW (CAN) is a 501(c)(3) and participates in corporate matching gifts programs.

Contact "TEAM SOPHIE's CHOICE" at:

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