Genoa, MI – Hockey Hall-of-Famer “Terrible” Ted Lindsay, a former Detroit Red Wings player, is raising awareness and funds for autism through his new foundation called The Ted Lindsay Foundation. There have been 14 fund raising events so far, with another in the works for summer.
The near 90-year-old was inspired to help autism from one of his therapy sessions when it came to light that his psychical therapist’s son was on the spectrum.
“I’d never heard the name,” Lindsay told Livingston Daily during the foundations most recent fund raiser at Aubree’s Pizzeria & Grill,
“I went home and my wife had a lot of good medical dictionaries and I learned about autism. So the next time I’m in getting stretched, we talked about (the physical therapist’s) boy, who was 4 years old at the time. I asked, ‘What can we do for him? And he said, ‘We can raise money.’”
Since this awakening conversation, the foundation has set out to raise $1 Million to benefit the Hope Center at Beaumont Hospital and the families who can’t afford autism therapies. $400,000 has already been raised two years into the five-year-plan.
At Aubree’s patrons could buy puzzle’s pieces for $1 or $5 dollars. While this may seem small, to the families with autism, every dollar counts.
“This foundation is one of the foundations that really makes a difference, where the results are tangible,”
Todd Lang told Livingston Daily. He has a 10-year-old son on the spectrum and couldn’t be happier about the retired Red Wings desire to help,
“Mr. Lindsay’s passion for creating awareness, to making people understand not only what autism is but what resources are available, is very important.”
Ted Lindsay Foundation board member Dave Floore couldn’t agree more. When it comes to what people can give to help, “It all counts.”
Contributed by Audrey L. Hollingshead.
Source: Tim Robinson on the Livingston Daily website: Red Wings legend Lindsay continues to fight autism