December 20, 2018  Irvine, CA

Huntington Beach Police Officers’ Foundation Raises $51,500 for Families Living with Autism


Talk About Curing Autism (TACA), a national nonprofit organization founded in 2000 that helps families living with autism navigate the many challenges they face, was honored to be the benefactor of the Huntington Beach Police Officers’ Foundation (HBPOF) 12th Annual Constable Classic Charity Golf Tournament. HBPOF raised $51,500 in support of the more than 4,500 families TACA serves in Orange County.

Nancy and Leo Byrne, Huntington Beach residents, are deeply grateful to HBPOF’s support for TACA. Their son, Declan was diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) at the age of two.

“In the beginning, we knew no one in our shoes. Then when we went to our first TACA family event and we didn’t get stares for Declan’s meltdowns, hand flapping and darting.We received kindness and acceptance. TACA is our resource for doctors, information, guidance, friends and most importantly, hope. My family and I are deeply grateful to the HBPOF’s incredible support. They are not only helping my family. They are also giving a lifeline to so many other families living with autism,” said Nancy Byrne.

Founded in the same year as TACA, the HBPOF was originally launched to help an officer whose child was seriously ill. As the officer struggled with medical expenses not covered by insurance, the HBPOF came to his aid at a critical time. The foundation has now grown to assist families of fallen officers, support youth activities and non-profit organizations.

Dennis Hashin, HBPOF Chief Financial Officer and a founding member, is committed to the foundation’s focus to support officers’ families and non-profit organizations meeting the needs of the community.

“I’m proud of the work HBPOF has done to raise funds to help family’s like the Byrnes. For 18 years we’ve worked hard to help those in need. We’re staying the course and will continue to support our community,” said Hashin.

About TACA

Talk About Curing Autism is a national nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to educating, empowering and supporting families affected by autism. TACA’s aim is to shorten the cycle time from autism suspicion to effective treatments, thereby creating the best future possible for individuals living with autism. TACA helps to strengthen the autism community by connecting families and professionals with valuable information to greatly improve the quality of life for people living with autism. For more information about TACA or to get involved, please visit

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