| The Jack Fanning Memorial Foundation, “Angels for Autism”
Who We Are:
The Jack Fanning Memorial Foundation is a not for profit group comprised of concerned families and friends of children with autism. This organization was founded in memory of FDNY Battalion Chief Jack Fanning, who perished in the World Trade Center attacks on September 11, 2001.
Jack understood, first hand, the desperate need for research and education for families dealing with autism because he left behind two severely autistic sons, Sean and Patrick. Two weeks before the attacks on our country, Jack thoughtfully discussed his desire to open a home for children with autism to his wife, Maureen. In the weeks after, it became apparent that his final wish would become this group’s passion.
We are firmly committed to providing the autistic population with additional resources that help to advance them in becoming productive citizens. Establishing a group home in Jack’s memory is our primary goal, but the work will not stop there. There are many opportunities for this Foundation to make an immediate difference in the lives of those afflicted with autism.
Autism is a development disability, typically appearing in children by the age of three. It often interferes with their ability to communicate, socialize, play and relate to the world around them. This disability is increasing at an alarming rate of 10-17% a year, and there is presently no known cause or cure. Early detection and prompt treatment can enable children across the entire autism spectrum to assume meaningful and productive lives.
The Jack Fanning Memorial Foundation is committed to providing the autistic community with the necessary research and educational opportunities needed to advance their lives. Please help us in pursuit of Jack’s dream.
Fulfilling The Dream:
It is the intent of this organization to fulfill Jack’s final wish. Those who knew Jack remember a patient, humble – yet heroic man, who had a genuine love for people and mankind. The qualities that he possessed will be the cornerstone upon which this dream will be built. The foundation has been laid and we remain confident of the outcome.
Our Mission Statement:
The Jack Fanning Memorial Foundation, “Angels For Autism,” offers hope to families with autistic children. We strive to assist those affected in achieving their individual potential for a happy, healthy, productive life and to preserve their quality of life and to preserve their quality of life by providing research, group home development, respite, educational, vocational and recreational opportunities for the advancement of autistic individuals.