Sunday was a great day for the Philadelphia Eagles and for The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP). Over 3,500 people joined us at Lincoln Financial Field for a day of free fun and games at our fourth annual "Huddle Up for Autism," which is designed specifically for the needs of families of children with autism spectrum disorders.

Every year, we are learning more and more about autism, which we now know affects one in 88 individuals. Autism research receives very little government funding and unfortunately, autism treatment often is not covered by insurance companies.

We are proud to partner with Center for Autism Research (CAR) at CHOP on this event and have no doubt that with proper resources, CAR will continue its astonishing pace of discovery, and ultimately find new treatments and make a real difference for families living with autism. Which is why it was so special that yesterday's event raised over $40,000, all of which will go to the Center for Autism Research, a worldwide leader, right in our backyard.

There are so many people we have to thank for their efforts in making that happen, including the hundreds of volunteers, donors, vendors and fundraisers who participated. It would be impossible to name each person in this space, but just know that your efforts were greatly appreciated and made this event possible.

Just because this year's event is over doesn't mean it's too late to get involved. Participating in research is just as important as raising funds. Children and adults can learn about opportunities to participate in studies that will further the understanding of autism and potential treatments by visiting Study participants on and off the spectrum are needed to make a study successful. More information about autism research and programs at CHOP is available at

 Christina Weiss Lurie, president, Eagles Youth Partnership, Eagles Social Responsibility


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