Monday, January 21, 2013
Dan and Claire Marino established the Dan Marino Foundation in 1992. The Foundation’s
mission is to “open doors” toward independence for children and young adults with autism and
special needs by creating awareness and opportunities. The Foundation fulfills this mission
by supporting comprehensive integrated treatment programs, providing outreach services,
advancing scientific research, and building independence through employment and daily
living transition programs. The Foundation has raised over $37 million since its inception,
which has been used to fund quality-of-life research, build the Miami Children’s Hospital
Dan Marino Center, and opening in 2014.
To further its mission, the Dan Marino Foundation has once again teamed up
with local South Florida autism agencies to celebrate the Dan Marino Foundation WalkAbout
This event will benefit the Autism Societies of Miami-Dade and Broward Counties, UM-NSU CARD (Center for Autism & Related Disabilities) and The Dan Marino Foundation. This exciting and unique event will take place on Saturday, January 26th, 2013 from 9 am to 1 pm at Sun Life Stadium, home of the Miami Dolphins.
Driven by individuals with autism, their families and friends, this historic fundraising effort
generates awareness and crucial funds for autism services. All proceeds raised through this
event stay in our local community and participating South Florida schools will receive 25% of the
money raised by their teams to support special needs programming in their school.
“As parents of children with autism, my wife Rachel and I are thrilled to be a part of the Dan
Marino Foundation WalkAbout Autism,” noted Jeff Ireland, General Manager of the Miami
Dolphins. “We know first hand the importance of support services for children and adults with
autism and this event will raise money specifically for those services right here in South Florida.
Having the event at Sun Life Stadium where Dan played his Hall of Fame career for the Miami
Dolphins seems like the perfect choice.”
Go Dolphins, and Come show your support for this great cause!
For more information or to create a team, please visit www.dmfwalkaboutautism.org.