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June 03, 2010

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Sammy Carlson and Scott Rowley ride to defeat autism this July.

By John Symms

Oregon community members Sammy Carlson and Scott Rowley have organized a bicycle trip from Hood River, Ore., to Ogden, Utah in an effort to raise awareness for Talk About Curing Autism (TACA). The event will take place from July 8-18. Carlson and Rowley's Team Hood River 2 Ogden (H2O) will cycle over 1,000 miles and seeks to raise $25,000 to support TACA.

Sammy Carlson is a 3-time X-Games medalist in freestyle skiing. He spends his winters traveling the world in an effort to revolutionize the sport and encourage youngsters to participate in the sport that he loves. He is currently in Mt. Hood, Oregon training for H2O and the upcoming ski season.

Scott Rowley recently received his bachelor's degree in international business and entrepreneurship from Oregon State University. He learned the value of giving back to his community when he earned his Eagle Scout rank in high school. His energy is currently directed towards training for H2O, and raising awareness for TACA. Carlson and Rowley have been best friends since the age of 13 and are very excited about this new endeavor.

"This fundraiser has been motivated by a strong desire to do something positive for our community and help families affected by autism in the state of Oregon," said Rowley. Rowley and Carlson both have family friends that have been affected by autism and view this as an opportunity to help. All proceeds will benefit TACA and enable them to set up a chapter of their organization in Oregon and continue helping families affected by this neurological disorder.

Talk About Curing Autism (TACA) provides support, education, information, and resources to over 16,000 families across the United States effected by autism. One in every 91 children in the United States is diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder. TACA provides the largest national telephone and email response team for parents who have a child affected by autism. 95 percent of TACA's programs and services are provided at no cost to parents. They include education and support meetings, parent mentoring, and the Autism Journey Guide. TACA aims to speed up the cycle time from the autism diagnosis to effective treatments. TACA helps to strengthen the autism community by connecting families and the professionals who can help them, allowing them to share stories and information to help people with autism. Additional information is available at TACANow.org.

For information regarding sponsorship and support please visit TACAH2O.com or email Scott Rowley.

About TACA

Talk About Curing Autism (TACA) is a national organization, headquartered in Costa Mesa California, dedicated to providing information, resources, and support to families affected by autism. For families who have just received the autism diagnosis, TACA aims to speed up the cycle time from the autism diagnosis to effective treatments. TACA helps to strengthen the autism community by connecting families and the professionals who can help them, allowing them to share stories and information to help people with autism be the best they can be.  TACA now serves more than 14,000 families across the U.S.

About Autism

Autism is a devastating neurological and biological disorder typically affecting children between the ages of 18 months to five years of age.   One in every 150 children in the United States has autism. Autism affects each individual differently and at different levels of severity. Some individuals with autism are severely affected, cannot speak, require constant one on one care, and are never able to live on their own. While others are less severe, can communicate and eventually acquire the necessary skills to live on their own.