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Century 21 Dickinson Realtors take part in photo contest for autism

Century 21 Dickinson Realtors is part of the 21st Century Child: Picture the Future photo-sharing contest. Local families that participate 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 and share a favorite photo of their child (ages 5 or 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 donate $1 to the Easter Seals' Act for Autism campaign for each uploaded photo, up to $100,000.

The contest began Aug. 1 and will conclude Sept. 30. The photo-sharing campaign unites families to support, inspire and empower those affected by autism. The contestant who 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.

Funds raised will help Easter Seals and Act for Autism provide assistance to families affected by autism, including emotional support, equal access to treatment and innovative coping strategies.

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.

Easter Seals is a non-profit provider of services for individuals with autism, developmental disabilities, physical disabilities and other special needs.