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In an Economic Slump?

02/11/2009

In an Economic Slump?

Break Out by Giving to Fans Across America and Save

PHOENIX - February 11, 2009 - The Fans Across America® Charitable Foundation, a 501 (c) (3) tax-exempt organization, invites sports and entertainment fans across America to break out of their economic slumps and join our team.

For an annual membership contribution of just $10, the price of a movie ticket or a couple of lattes, Fans Across America's community members help families with seriously ill children by relieving some of the financial burdens associated with the illness. Ultimately, this community helps these parents focus on what really matters...their child. In appreciation for their commitment, Fans Across America community members receive national discounts and promotions for professional and collegiate sporting events, retail outlets, restaurants, entertainment venues, services and travel destinations through the Fans Advantage program.

"Without the support of charitable foundations such as Fans Across America, families with seriously ill children would fall into a financial abyss. What once may have been a "normal life" ends with diagnosis. Parents often have to take extended, unpaid leaves from their employment to be with their children during long hospitalizations and months of complicated treatments," said Gina DeGraw, social worker at Phoenix Children's Hospital. "The Fans Across America Charitable Foundation helps remove a significant portion of this financial burden, freeing families to focus on their child's health and well-being."

Every year, families are forced into bankruptcy because of the medical and other expenses associated with the serious illness of a child. Add in the fact that between 65 to 70 percent of households live paycheck to paycheck and it is easy to see how the financial impact of the diagnosis can often be insurmountable. In fact, a 2005 Harvard study found that medical bills and illness played a roll in nearly half of all bankruptcies.

"Fans Across America isn't about just a few people. It's about a nationwide community of sports and entertainment fans coming together to provide much needed assistance to families with seriously ill children," said Founder Bruce Petillo. "For a minimum contribution of just $10 a year, our community members are part of an organization that truly is making a difference in the lives of families with seriously ill children. And that is truly a powerful force."

Fans Across America Families

We'd like to share with you what families the Fans Across America Charitable Foundation has helped say about the organization:

"We thank God for this Foundation, which enabled our family to continue to persevere throughout the toughest moments of our lives. God bless Fans Across America!"

Patricia Rodriguez
Leslie's mom

"It takes a lot of individuals to support and keep Fans Across America going. I am aware it is not always easy, but their love and support has given us help at a time when even a mother's strength can start to give out. Thank you all so very much," said Diana Coppoth.

Diana Coppoth
Joshua's mom

"I thank God everyday for sending the Fans Across America Charitable Foundation to us. Your Foundation gave my family a chance to catch our breath, something we haven't been able to do for some time now. All of you are truly heaven sent. I'm so very grateful for all you did for us. God bless all of you and please keep praying for Rosie. Much love to all."

Jackie Garcia
Rosie's mom

For more information, please visit us online at www.fansacrossamerica.org. To see our YouTube video, go to click here.

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Contact:

Bruce Petillo

602-230-4333 ext. 251

bpetillo@fansacrossamerica.org

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What would you do if your child was diagnosed with a serious illness or faced homelessness?

Please consider making a tax-deductible contribution or ongoing pledge and help Fans Across America make a difference in the lives of the families we serve.