February 2012


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Gene Ferrick <[log in to unmask]>
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Tue, 28 Feb 2012 16:46:01 -0500
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Four years ago, the fraternity Sigma Phi Epsilon began a University of
Maryland tradition to help *Autism Speaks* raise awareness and support
autism research. This year we are pleased to partner with the sorority
Sigma Kappa and the fraternity Delta Sigma Phi to host the *4th Annual Fear
the Turtle Autism Speaks U 5K* on April 14th, 2012 to support autism
research during autism awareness month.

The Center for Disease Control reports that *1 in 110 children* are now
diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder--1 in every 70 boys. Autism is
the fastest-growing developmental disorder in the United States, with more
children diagnosed each year than with pediatric cancer, diabetes and AIDS
combined. As autism rates continue to soar, so too does the chance that you
know someone affected by it. Children with autism are your friends and
neighbors, your nieces and nephews, your grandchildren∑they are *all *our
children and so their cause is our own.

As I mentioned above, April 14th, 2012 will mark the *4th Annual* *Autism Fear
the Turtle Autism Speaks U 5K*. I am writing to ask for your support as a
sponsor for this year‚s race. Last year we raised over $24,000 for *Autism
Speaks*. This year we would like to double our fundraising efforts. We
need to find the answers to the autism puzzle. *Autism Speaks* cannot do
this work without you.

In order to register for the Autism Speaks U 5K you must do the following.
Step 1. Click
Step 2. Click Register.
Step 3. Click "Join as an Individual" or "Start a team" if someone would
like to start one for the Computer Science Department and then following
people can click "join a team"
Step 4. It costs $15 to register, it all goes to Autism Speaks, and you get
a shirt out of it, food, and fun activities to participate in on the day of
the event!(Whether you decide to participate in the race or not).
Step 5. Invite your friends and family to register and/or donate to your
donation page.

Pascal Bloch