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Stars of Sci-Fi lend their voices to "Autism Speaks"

Fundraiser offers custom made messages from William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, Carrie Fisher and others

December 05, 2012|Elliott Serrano, for Redeye

Have you ever wanted to track down your favorite celebrity and ask them to make a message for your voicemail or anwering machine? Plenty of geeks have done that at sci-fi conventions, and most of the time the celeb is very gracious. Of course that tends to annoy all the other folks who are waiting in line to get an autograph, and quite frankly, I think it's presumptious to ask the celeb to do something so above and beyond what is normally done. That is, unless they are trying to raise money for Autism Speaks, which is the case in this very special fundraiser. Check this out!:

WILLIAM SHATNER, LEONARD NIMOY, PATRICK STEWART, CARRIE FISHER AND OTHER CELEBRITIES LEND THEIR VOICES TO "SOUND OFF FOR AUTISM SPEAKS" FUNDRAISING EFFORT

Fans Can Get a Customized Recorded Message from Their Favorite Celebrity by Making a $299 Donation to Support Autism Research and Advocacy

NEW YORK, N.Y. (December 4, 2012) - "Sound Off For Autism Speaks” site is live this week as fans have the unique gift opportunity to order a limited number of custom-recorded messages from Morgan Freeman, Ed Asner, Betty White, Tom Hanks, Derek Jeter, Leonard Nimoy, Will Ferrell, William Shatner, Patrick Stewart and Carrie Fisher, in return for a $299 donation. All proceeds will support autism research and advocacy efforts through Autism Speaks®, the world’s leading autism science and advocacy organization.

Celebrity messages are available for purchase this week only, December 3 - 9, at SoundOffForAutismSpeaks.com. A limited number of messages are available from each celebrity on a first come, first served basis. Fans have the unique opportunity to specify what they want their chosen celebrity to say in the message. Autism Speaks® will send fans a digital file of their message within a few weeks of their order after being recorded by their celebrity.

“I got together with my son Matt (Autism Speaks’ Executive Director for Southern California)and we talked about what my friends and I could do to support the important work of Autism Speaks,” said Ed Asner, who is currently starring on Broadway in Grace. “We decided that bringing together a group of celebrities with great voices and doing a kind of ‘voiceathon’ would be a really fun idea that could help individuals with autism and their families.”

About Autism

Autism is a general term used to describe a group of complex developmental brain disorders – autism spectrum disorders – caused by a combination of genes and environmental influences. These disorders are characterized, in varying degrees, by communication difficulties, social and behavioral challenges, as well as repetitive behaviors. An estimated 1 in 88 children in the U.S. is on the autism spectrum – a 78 percent increase in six years that is only partly explained by improved diagnosis.

About Autism Speaks®

Autism Speaks® is the world's leading autism science and advocacy organization. It is dedicated to funding research into the causes, prevention, treatments and a cure for autism; increasing awareness of autism spectrum disorders; and advocating for the needs of individuals with autism and their families. Autism Speaks® was founded in February 2005 by Suzanne and Bob Wright, the grandparents of a child with autism. Mr. Wright is the former vice chairman of General Electric and chief executive officer of NBC and NBC Universal. Since its inception, Autism Speaks® has committed over $180 million to research and developing innovative resources for families. Each year Walk Now for Autism Speaks events are held in more than 95 cities across North America. On the global front, Autism Speaks® has established partnerships and related activities in over 40 countries on 5 continents to foster international research, services and awareness. To learn more about Autism Speaks, please visit www.AutismSpeaks.org.

For Facebook: Facebook.com/AutismSpeaks
For Twitter: @AutismSpeaks

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When I last checked out the site, they were already SOLD OUT of Patrick Stewart, Morgan Freeman and Tom Hanks. There were also a very limited number of William Shatner messages left, so if you wanna get one I would ACT NOW.

And if someone would like to buy me a Carrie Fisher message for Christmas, I would be most appreciative. May the Force be with you!

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