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Mercy Foundation receives funds for Autism Support Fund

Funds courtesy of Enbridge Energy, a leader in North American energy transportation

Pictured left to right is John Schwarz, technical supervisor of Enbridge Fort Atkinson Area, Jennifer Johns, director of development for Mercy Foundation, Alex Sleaver, Enbridge, and Angie Levin, manager of Mercy Autism Program.

Pictured left to right is John Schwarz, technical supervisor of Enbridge Fort Atkinson Area, Jennifer Johns, director of development for Mercy Foundation, Alex Sleaver, Enbridge, and Angie Levin, manager of Mercy Autism Program.

Mercy Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Mercyhealth, received $500 from Enbridge Energy’s Community Investment Fund. The funds will be allocated to the Autism Support Fund (ASF), which provides free or low cost access to social skills classes.

Autism affects 1 in 68 children, and more children will be diagnosed with autism this year than with AIDS, diabetes and cancer combined. Autism is the fastest growing serious developmental disability in the United States. There is no medical detection or cure; it’s presence is growing at an overwhelming rate, and the families affected by autism struggle to provide the quality care their children need because of the staggering costs and lack of insurance coverage.

To help, the Mercy Foundation created the ASF, which provides financial resources to families affected by Autism Spectrum Disorder in Walworth County. Resources are used toward social skills classes, sensory and safety equipment, respite care and more. To qualify, all applicants must present documentation of a verified diagnosis of an autism spectrum disorder and a completed application and necessary financial documentation.

For more information about the Mercy Foundation or ASF, visit Foundation.MercyHealthSystem.org.