(Miami-Dade County, FL) -- Commissioner Jose “Pepe” Diaz will join the Dan Marino Foundation and Panera Bread in a tri-county effort to promote and support National Autism Awareness Month. On Friday, April 27, 2012 at 10 a.m., Commissioner Diaz will be rolling up his sleeves to bake cookies at the Panera Bread located at 9717 Northwest 41 Street in Doral to raise funds for the Dan Marino Foundation’s Vocational College.
This comes after a partnership with Panera Bread and the Dan Marino Foundation for a special fundraising effort to raise autism awareness. Panera has created an exclusive football-shaped cookie that will be sold individually or by the “Marino Dozen,” which will contain 13 cookies. Football cookies from the “Touchdown for Autism” campaign will be available at 33 Panera bakery-cafés throughout Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties during the entire month of April. For every cookie sold, $1 will benefit the foundation’s planned Vocational College to serve teens and young adults with autism and other developmental disabilities.
Autism Awareness Month came to fruition in Miami-Dade in 2009 as the result of legislation sponsored by Commissioner Diaz. The specially-designated month is designed to increase awareness about autism and treatment, as well as promote research to fight the disorder. According to non-profit Autism Speaks, autism is a complex neurobiological disorder that impairs communication skills and social abilities. There is no known cause or cure for autism, which is estimated to affect 1 out of every 88 children born in the United States.
For more information, please contact Commissioner Diaz’s office at 305-599-1200.