Autism wristbands are sold to raise awareness


Each year, the sisters of Phi Sigma Sigma choose a philanthropy that means something special to them.

Over the past two semesters, the sisters have been raising money for Autism Awareness in the community. This week, the sisters will hold their first big fundraiser on campus and they hope to raise money for this cause.

Autism typically appears in the first three years of life and affects a person’s ability to interact with other individuals. While there is still no known cause of autism, funding and awareness can further research to help families.

The United States recognizes April as a special chance to educate others about autism. The Autism Society has been celebrating Autism Awareness Month since the ’70s.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) updated its estimate of autism prevalence in the United States to 1 in 88 children. Education is very important to help detect early signs of autism.

“The sisters are very excited to be holding this fundraiser during Autism Awareness Week here on campus,” said Kelsey Eddinger, Phi Sigma Sigma’s philanthropy chair.

“We are really hoping individuals from the campus and community will come out and support us. Autism Awareness is something we really believe in.”

On April 3, the sisters will be selling multicolored wristbands for $1. They will have a table located in the CUB from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. They will also be taking any other donations during this time.

If you are interested in purchasing a wristband but are unable to during this time, please contact Kelsey Eddinger at ke7580@ship.edu.


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