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B'ville: Century 21 supports photo contest

Century 21 Leah's Signature announces the launch of the 21st Century Child: Picture the Future photo-sharing contest. By participating, families throughout Baldwinsville can help raise money to benefit children and families living with autism.

Nationally, the Century 21 System and its philanthropic partner, Easter Seals, are asking families in the United States, whether personally affected by autism or not, to visit 21centurychild.com and share a favorite photo of their child (ages 5 and younger) and an inspirational message. After the photo is uploaded, participants are encouraged to share their photo and fundraising campaign profile with family, friends and others through their social network. For every photo uploaded, the Century 21 System will make a $1 donation to the cause, up to $100,000.

Running now through Sept. 30, this innovative photo-sharing campaign unites families to support, inspire and empower those affected by autism. The contestant that generates the highest amount of financial contributions will win a $2,100 Apple gift card. The next six highest fundraisers will win an Apple iPad.

All money raised by the 21st Century Child: Picture the Future photo-sharing contest will help Easter Seals and Act for Autism provide families affected by autism with the assistance they so desperately need, including emotional support, equal access to treatment and innovative coping strategies.

"Century 21 Leah's Signature is proud to support the Easter Seals' Act for Autism campaign and we hope our local families will do the same," said Leah Haggertyof Century 21. "By signing up at 21centurychild.com, sharing with your social network and driving donations, your child's photo can do a world of good."

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, autism now affects 1 in every 110 American children and the lifetime cost of caring for a child with autism ranges from $3.5 million to $5 million.

"As the fastest-growing developmental disability, autism is on the minds of many families across the nation," said Dr. Patricia Wright, Easter Seals' national director of autism services. "We want them to know that autism is treatable and with the proper therapy and support, these children can go on to live fulfilling and meaningful lives."

Complete rules and regulations are available at 21centurychild.com.

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