HOUSTON TEXANS WHITNEY MERCILUS AND THE WITHMERCI FOUNDATION
-ARE RAISING AWARENESS ABOUT AUTISM–
HOUSTON, TEXAS – Houston Texans Whitney Mercilus is known for showing ‘No Merci’ on the field, but off the field, he is known for being a gentle giant. The All Pro Texans linebacker launched The WithMerci Foundation last year, with the goal of helping children with disabilities. So this year Mercilus is focusing on underserve children with Autism. His goal is not only to educate others and raise money during National Autism Month but also to bring awareness throughout the year. Mercilus wanted to become more actively involved upon learning the statistics and understanding the difference in a child’s life during early detection.
“I am humbled and filled with gratitude to be in such a great position to be able to give back and be of influence to others to make a difference, Mercilus said. Children with Autism are special, there is so much we all cannot only do to make a difference, but so much we all can learn from children with autism. We can’t forget they are our future.” A fast growing bio-neurological developmental disorder in the United States, autism affects 1 in 68 children and 1-42 boys. It impacts the normal development of the brain in the areas of social interaction communication skills and cognitive function. The average cost of caring for an autistic child is $60,000.00 a year. Currently, there is no cure for autism, however early intervention and treatment, the diverse symptoms related to autism can be greatly improved and in some cases completely overcome.
Early this year, Mercilus teamed up with Chef Chris Shepherd and opened a restaurant called One-Fifth, changing the restaurant concept each year, from that Mercilus wanted to create the same concept for the foundation, focusing on one disability each year to really bring awareness to the multiple disabilities that children face daily.
The WithMerci Foundation was created to provide advocate services and support to families of children with disabilities and special needs. This year, Mercilus will host numerous events, along with his annual Dine WithMerci on Monday, September 25, 2017, at One-Fifth Houston Restaurant to raise money to assist local families with children with disabilities.
It is the foundation’s goal to Start WithMerci, Live WithMerci, Work WithMerci and Give WithMerci. For more information about The WithMerci Foundation please visit www.withmerci.org and connect with us on social @withmerci.