Friday, March 12, 2010

"Bounce for Autism" this April
Thursday, March 11, 2010
By: Carin Yavorcik

Nationwide event to raise awareness, support families affected by autism

The Autism Society and Pump It Up, the nation's largest and fastest-growing franchise of giant indoor inflatable playgrounds for private parties, are teaming up for a third year to host "Bounce for Autism" this April in 144 locations nationwide. Find a location near you.

This community-based fundraising event combines family fun with raising awareness and support for autism in locations that welcome children on the autism spectrum. Autism now affects one in every 110 children in America, and the Autism Society and Pump It Up hope to energize families affected by autism and their friends to raise funds for and awareness of autism today.

The sensory environment at Pump it Up encourages people with autism of all ages to run, jump, laugh and play in an environment where they feel comfortable and accepted. Participants form a Bounce Team and ask friends, family, community members and anyone else to support the cause by giving a donation to sponsor them. This event promotes physical fitness and helps families affected by autism, while having fun at the same time.

Everyone is encouraged to get their teams together and bounce today. There are three ways to support the Bounce. Twenty-two sites have home pages for online fundraising with the local Autism Society chapter – visit to find one near you. You can also use this site start a virtual team: everyone can virtually register to have a nationwide team of fundraisers. Finally, you can stop by one of the other 122 sites on the day of their Bounce open House. Visit for more information, forms, and details. For questions email


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