Mrs. Suzanne Wrightby Representative Michael F. Doyle
Posted on 2015-12-16
in the house of representatives
Wednesday, December 16, 2015
Mr. MICHAEL F. DOYLE of Pennsylvania. Mr. Speaker, I recently learned
that Suzanne Wright, co-founder of Autism Speaks and a member of the
organization's board, has been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer Suzanne
is taking a leave of absence from her work with Autism Speaks to focus
on her medical care.
In 2005, Suzanne and Bob Wright co-founded Autism Speaks after their grandson Christian was diagnosed with autism. Over the last ten years, Autism Speaks has become a world leader in educating people about autism spectrum disorder and advocating for individuals with autism.
Since Autism Speaks' founding, Suzanne has led the organization's signature global awareness initiatives. She was instrumental in establishing April 2nd as World Autism Awareness Day by the United Nations, for example, and she launched the global Light It Up Blue campaign and established World Focus on Autism, Autism Speaks' annual meeting of First Ladies from around the globe.
Suzanne has been a tireless advocate for autistic individuals and their families. She is known to countless families for her personal notes and generosity, as well as for her leadership and support of many Autism Speaks Walks around the country. I urge my colleagues to keep Suzanne in their thoughts and prayers and to continue to be motivated by her example.