SOURCE: Girl Power 2 Cure, Inc.

March 19, 2007 14:14 ET

Girls' Autism Cause Gives April Fools' Day New Twist

Nationwide Fundraising Event for Rett Syndrome Takes Center Stage

ST. LOUIS, MO -- (MARKET WIRE) -- March 19, 2007 -- April Fools' Day doesn't get much attention, and Girl Power 2 Cure, Inc. wants to change that. This non-profit, dedicated to raising awareness for Rett Syndrome, a neurological disorder that strikes only girls, is starting a new April Fools' tradition: the Dress Up 2 Cure event taking place nationwide on April 1, 2007 to kick off Autism Awareness Month.

Rett Syndrome is the most severe form of autism and the leading cause of severe impairment in females. The condition randomly strikes another baby girl every five hours, leaving them unable to speak, walk or use their hands. Medical experts consider Rett Syndrome research the key to understanding related disorders such as Parkinson's and Alzheimer's.

Girl Power 2 Cure, Inc. was started by Ingrid Harding, mother of a little girl with Rett Syndrome, with a mission to raise awareness and funds to combat a disorder that affects close to half a million girls and women worldwide. This is the inaugural year for Girl Power 2 Cure's national fundraising campaign called "Dress Up 2 Cure."

"Little girls love to play dress up, so in that tradition, we are launching a fundraising event centered around 'dressing up' to help fight Rett Syndrome," says Harding. "This is a fun, silly way to highlight and combat a very serious disorder."

Hundreds of people will show their silly side on April 1 in support of the cause. Children are dressing up at schools, Girl Scout troops are getting together for dress-up activities, and one individual has even vowed to go sailing in Australia dressed as a penguin. You might even see someone jogging down the street in an outlandish outfit as part of the "Double Dip Run" where runners are doubling their efforts on April Fools' Day by running in crazy attire.

About Girl Power 2 Cure

Girl Power 2 Cure, Inc. is a non-profit organization dedicated to raising awareness and funds for a cure for Rett Syndrome. All of their activities, including an interactive web site, are about harnessing the spirit of girls as volunteers, as mentors, and as a power of positive change in support of their fellow girlfriends who are suffering from Rett Syndrome.

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