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Ted Lindsay discusses his charitable foundation’s goals and background

The Ted Lindsay Foundation has been sending out Tweets regarding its annual celebrity golf outing for the past few weeks...

And the Oakland Press's Tom Watts spoke with Lindsay about his decision to dedicate himself to autism research--and to stick with it some 13 years after co-founding the foundation with John Czarnecki:

“How do athletes raise money?” Lindsay asked. “They hold golf fundraisers. This is our 13th year and we’re getting an awful lot of people recognizing what autism is. The money we raise funds research on the cause and treatment of autism.”

Lindsay said he has remained faithful to the autism cause because of his background as a professional hockey player.

“I was disciplined to do things as a hockey player,” he said. “Once you start something – you finish it. One of my greatest assets was discipline.”

Autism is a disorder that impairs normal development in children and “devastates” their families, said Lindsay, who noted that in 1988 one in every 2,500 children had autism. But in 2012, the Center for Disease Control estimated that one in 88 American children had autism.

So far, Lindsay said his Foundation has raised over $2 million. The funds have resulted in the discovery of inflammatory bowel disease in children with autism. Still, Lindsay said nothing would be possible without the Foundation’s Board of Directors – all volunteers.

“I am grateful to them for their hard work,” Lindsay said. “Because of this commitment, all the money we raise goes directly to ongoing research to find the cause of autism and how to treat it now. People like Dave Floore – a super asset - and we have three doctors on the board of directors – they’re retired but they still give,” Lindsay said. “Board members come from different vocations. They all make a big difference.”

Watts continues at length, and his article's more than worth your time.

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