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10th Annual Anthony's Runway 84 Luncheon - April 19, 2013

Join Dan Marino & Anthony Bruno on Monday, April 29th at 12:00pm for The 10th Annual Anthony's Runway 84 Luncheon, benefiting Dan Marino Foundation!

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Payton's Pals Golf Tournament to benefit the Dan Marino Foundation - March 15, 2013

Named for Payton Nash, 10, daughter of Ryan and Brandi Nash and has been living with a diagnosis of autism for eight years. The Nash Family has been supporting the autism community for the past 8 years and look forward to raising funds to help Support the Dan Marino Foundation in the coming years.

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The Marino Campus - A Formidable Challenge

While high school graduates prepare for the “rite of passage” of college, most young adults with developmental disabilities, like autism, find themselves in limbo. Without the academic qualifications to pursue post-secondary education, nor the job skills to find meaningful employment, there is often little for them to do but simply... wait for a chance.

Statistically speaking, their chances are slim. There are more than 340,000 students in Florida who have a developmental disability. Seventy-nine percent of this group will not qualify for further educational opportunities.  Ninety percent will be unemployed.  What is all the more foreboding is that a mere eight percent of companies in America report hiring people with disabilities, which makes futurejob prospects equally remote.

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Dan Marino Foundation WalkAbout Autism Event draws 20,000 to Sun Life Stadium

by Ben Volin

Dolphins GM Jeff Ireland was impressed with the crowd that amassed at Sun Life Stadium on Saturday morning, but it had nothing to do with football.

More than 20,000 people showed up to support the Dan Marino Foundation's WalkAbout Autism event, the largest crowd in the event's three-year history.  Ireland and Marino both have children afflicted with autism, and their WalkAbout has now raised more than $1.4 million in three years for Marino's foundation, which benefits autism organizations within Dade and Broward Counties.

"It's grown into something much larger than we ever expected," Ireland said Saturday morning.  "We're trying to affect this community and bring awareness and raise money for the organizations that have really helped us."

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