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Pittsburgh Steelers Defensive Superstars Look to Sack Autism


WHAT: Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh will host a press conference to announce a new effort to raise money for autism research. Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Joey Porter, who has a daughter with autism, is partnering with All the Way Down Authentic Apparel and Custom Printed Graphics Inc. to create a series of five different T-shirts honoring the Steelers defense and special teams.

The T-shirts will be sold at locations throughout the Pittsburgh region. For each T-shirt sold, $1 will be donated by the companies to autism research at Children's. A new T-shirt featuring the starting Steelers defensive linemen will be unveiled at the press conference.

WHO: Porter will be joined at Children's by defensive linemen Chris Hoke, Kimo von Oelhoffen and Aaron Smith. All the Way Down President Robert Burnett and Custom Printed Graphics Co-owner Larry Ennis also will be on hand to showcase the new shirts.

WHY: Autism is a neurological and developmental disorder that typically appears during the first three years of life. It is estimated to occur in one of 250 children. Autism is the fastest growing developmental disability and is the third most common childhood disorder after juvenile diabetes and cancer.

Children's is involved in numerous research studies to understand the cause of autism and to develop safe and effective treatments.

WHEN: 2 p.m., Friday, Dec. 10, 2004

WHERE: Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh, 3705 Fifth Ave., in Oakland

Editor's Note: Media interested in covering this event and photo opportunity should meet in the hospital's main lobby to be escorted to the press conference. For more information, please call 412-692-7104

Marc Lukasiak, 412-692-7104,
Melanie Finnigan, 412-692-7104,

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