During the inaugural Taking Flight for Autism fundraiser at Lincoln Financial Field, Eagles Chairman/CEO Jeffrey Lurie announced that the Eagles Charitable Foundation (ECF) will be making a $1 million donation to the autism support programs at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and the research programs at CHOP’s Center for Autism Research (CAR).
Attendees enjoyed a cocktail hour and dinner on the field, as well as a full program of football talk and speeches from Jeffrey Lurie, Doug Pederson and Christina Weiss Lurie, president of Eagles Charitable Foundation.
Former Eagles quarterback Rodney Peete and his wife Holly Robinson-Peete were also on hand to share their family’s experience raising a child with autism.
A growing body of research shows that the earlier a child is diagnosed with autism and begins accessing services, the better their outcomes are later in life. CAR is conducting research to discover the earliest “biomarker” or signs of autism, as well as developing novel treatments and therapies, with the ultimate goal of improving the quality of life for people with ASD not just in childhood, but over the course of a lifetime.
"The Center for Autism Research at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia conducts research, provides support for patients and families challenged by ASD, and trains clinicians in best practices in autism treatment. This very generous donation by the Eagles Charitable Foundation will have a positive impact on our ability to achieve significant breakthroughs for children and families," said Madeline Bell, president and CEO of the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.