EAGLES AUTISM CHALLENGE
May 19, 2018
Within the past year, autism prevalence has
increased from one in 68 children to one in 59.
It is one of the fastest-growing developmental
disorders in the country, yet autism has been
historically underfunded, misunderstood,
and under-researched. The Eagles Autism
Challenge is the team’s signature cycling and
5K run/walk fundraising event dedicated to
supporting innovative autism research and
programs. Chairman and CEO Jeffrey Lurie
spearheaded the charity event to bring thought
leaders in the field of autism together.
On May 19, 2018, the inaugural event kicked
off at the corner of One Lincoln Financial Field
Way and Pattison Avenue and raised more than
$2.5 million for autism research. A total of 3,319
participants came out to bike, run, and walk for the
cause, while a remarkable 24,700 donors across
20 countries supported their fundraising efforts.
In partnership with Children’s Hospital of
Philadelphia, Drexel University, and Thomas
Jefferson University and Jefferson Health, a
coalition of the top researchers and scientists was
formed to bring fresh ways of thinking and the
necessary resources to the field. One-hundred
percent of the participant-raised funds from the
inaugural event were directed to autism research.
The second Eagles Autism Challenge will take
place Saturday, May 18, 2019. Reserve your
spot today at EaglesAutismChallenge.org.
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