Gas and Housing Have You Pinched? Give Just $10 to the Fans Across America® Charitable Foundation to Help Families with Sick Kids and Receive Valuable Discounts and Promo

Phoenix, AZ, June 20, 2008 --( If the current state of the economy has you seeing red, then the Fans Across America® Charitable Foundation is the cure and perfect opportunity to give and receive.

A 501 (c) (3) tax-exempt organization, the Fans Across America Charitable Foundation is a community of sports and entertainment fans committed to providing much needed financial assistance to families with seriously ill children. In appreciation for their support, Foundation community members who make an annual membership contribution of just $10 or more receive special promotional offers and discounts from Fans Across America partners at professional and collegiate sporting events, golf courses, retail outlets, restaurants, entertainment venues and travel destinations. Ultimately, Fans Across America unites fans, athletes, celebrities, businesses and all those committed to making a difference in the lives of these families during the most difficult times.

Every year, families are forced into bankruptcy because of the medical and other expenses associated with the serious illness of a child. Add in the fact that between 65 to 70 percent of households live paycheck to paycheck and it is easy to see how the financial impact of the diagnosis can often be insurmountable. In fact, a 2005 Harvard study found that medical bills and illness played a roll in nearly half of all bankruptcies.

"Without the support of charitable foundations such as Fans Across America, families with seriously ill children would fall into a financial abyss. What once may have been a "normal life" ends with diagnosis. Parents often have to take extended, unpaid leaves from their employment to be with their children during long hospitalizations and months of complicated treatments," said Gina DeGraw, social worker at Fans Across America charity partner Phoenix Children's Hospital. "The Fans Across America Charitable Foundation helps remove a significant portion of this financial burden, freeing families to focus on their child's health and well-being."

"Fans Across America isn't about one or two people. It's about a community coming together to pool resources, ranging from time to used gift cards to financial contributions, in order to provide much needed assistance to families with seriously ill children," said Founder Bruce Petillo. "Fans Across America is a community of sports and entertainment fans built on a common purpose: to help these families relieve some of the financial burdens associated with the illness so they can focus on what really matters, their child."

Family Assistance

"We thank God for this Foundation, which enabled our family to continue to persevere throughout the toughest moments of our lives," said Patricia Rodriguez. "God bless Fans Across America!"

"It takes a lot of individuals to support and keep Fans Across America going. I am aware it is not always easy, but their love and support has given us help at a time when even a mother's strength can start to give out. Thank you all so very much," said Diana Coppoth.

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Fans Across America Charitable Foundation
Bruce Petillo
602-230-4333 x251