Ira Jacobs, former chair of Kinesiology & Health Sciences, was surprised by the lack of empirical evidence available to explain Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) or information to support affected families, after his nephew, Sammy Kohn, was diagnosed with ASD.
That started a process that culminated in the newly created Sammy Graduate Scholarship in Autism Research and its inaugural recipient Nidhi Luthra, a doctoral candidate in York University’s Department of Psychology.
The Sammy Graduate Scholarship in Autism Research was established with donations from the Jacobs family, the Webkinz Foundation and several other family members and supporters. The scholarship honours academic excellence and supports the research of graduate students in York’s Faculty of Health in the areas of prevention, diagnosis or treatment of autism, towards making an impact in the field.
York University is a leader in the field of autism research. Prof. Adrienne Perry is a founding member of the York Autism Research Alliance, which brings together seven researchers from across the Faculty of Health with an interest in ASD. The Alliance members conduct interdisciplinary research spanning the molecular through to the clinical with the goal of helping individuals with ASD and their families. Perry is also the principle investigator of the GO4KIDDS project, a University-based research study that seeks to better understand the health, well-being and social inclusion of school-aged children with severe developmental disabilities.
to Support Breast Cancer Awareness in a New Campaign “I Dream in Pink”
Ganz is teaming up with teen jazz sensation Nikki Yanofsky to record a special version of “I Dream in Pink”, as part of a wide-reaching campaign aiming to raise funds for breast cancer.
The campaign will embrace both virtual and real-world elements, including a recording from the 17-year old powerhouse Yanofsky. Nikki sings a version of the feel-good song “I Dream in Pink” from Webkinz World, the virtual world where Webkinz™ pets come alive online.
In an effort to raise funds for breast cancer, Ganz will donate specially-tagged Webkinz Pink Poodles to the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation, which will be available for purchase at special events hosted by the Foundation across Canada.
In connection with its 2011 “I Dream in Pink” campaign in the USA, Ganz is proud to donate a minimum of $2 from the sale of each specially-tagged Webkinz Pink Poodle to Susan G. Komen for the Cure®. Walmart and a variety of independent retailers will offer the specially-tagged Webkinz Pink Poodles.
Yanofsky’s jazzy version of “I Dream in Pink” will be awarded as a FREE download to Webkinz members who register a new pink poodle .The I DREAM IN PINK video can be viewed on www.webkinznewz.com. Nikki’s recording will additionally be available for music-lovers on Apple’s iTunes for a limited time.
Children's Health Fund and the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey-School of Nursing will celebrate a new mobile medical clinic (MMC) for the New Jersey Children's Health Project Oct. 22 with a 1 p.m. ribbon-cutting ceremony. The MMC is sponsored by a $500,000 grant from the Webkinz Foundation.
For the first time, a Webkinz song will be sold on iTunes, and proceeds will be donated through Webkinz Foundation to breast cancer charities. ‘I Dream in Pink’ is a jazzy song about the Pink Poodle, the October Pet of the Month. The promotion will continue until the end of the year.
Webkinz Foundation donates $10,000.00 to Save The Children Canada. This donation will provide urgent aid to victims of the overwhelming monsoon rains in Pakistan that have threatened the lives and safety of over 3,000,000.
Webkinz Foundation agreed to match donations up to $100,000 during a recent UNICEF mail campaign focused on child labour programs in Bangladesh. The campaign was extremely successful, raising $284,550 (including Foundation grant).