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Dan Marino, Samsung launch "Team Up for Autism"

February 4, 2011
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Ridgefield Park, N.J. — Samsung Hope for Children, the national philanthropic initiative of the world’s technology leader, has launched “Team Up for Autism,” to help raise awareness and funding in support of medical research, services and treatment programs for children with autism.

Samsung will contribute up to $100,000 by providing a donation of $5 to the Dan Marino Foundation each time someone spreads the word on autism through Facebook or Twitter.

Samsung has made the process simple, and is encouraging people to register their pledge of awareness by sharing a graphic icon created for the campaign with Facebook friends, or sending a tweet with the hashtag, #teamautism.

In the last five years, Samsung has donated more than $2 million to the Dan Marino Foundation to support the drive for improved awareness, more research and services for children and families living with the disorder.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, autism is the fastest-growing developmental disorder in the United States. One in 110 children live with autism today. Through its Hope for Children initiative, Samsung supports health, education and social welfare programs for children throughout the United States.

"We began our partnership with the Marino Foundation in 2006,” said David Steel, Executive Vice President, Strategy, Samsung Electronics America. “Five years later we are beginning to see some real progress in the public’s awareness of autism and how it impacts families. We still have a long way to go, and we realized that by leveraging digital technologies and social media we might be able to accelerate public education efforts.”

Kicked off on the heels of the Dan Marino Foundation’s “WalkAbout for Autism” on Jan. 29, at the Miami Dolphins’ Sun Life Stadium, the social action campaign will run through February.

More than 6,000 turned out for the walk, driven by individuals with autism and their families and friends, which generated funds for the autism community.

“With more than one million children in the United States living with autism, including our son, Michael, my wife, Claire, and I recognize the struggles families face,” said Marino. “With the support of companies like Samsung, we are able to provide funding, resources, and, most importantly, support to people and families facing the challenges of life with autism.”

For more information about autism or to learn how you can get involved, please visit:

www.teamupforautism.com.




To learn more about Samsung Hope for Children initiative visit:

www.samsung.com/hope, you can also check out the Samsung Hope for Children Facebook Hope tab at:

www.facebook.com/SamsungUSA.

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