Fundraiser to help purchase wristbands for autistic children

From Horry County Government:

CONWAY, SC - Jersey Mike's Subs has teamed up with Horry County Project Lifesaver and the Autism Advocate Foundation throughout the month of April, which is Autism Awareness Month, to donate a portion of their proceeds to purchase radio-transmitting wristbands to help track missing autistic children in Horry County.

During the month of April, Jersey Mike's Subs located in Conway, Myrtle Beach, Murrells Inlet and North Myrtle Beach, will give 50 cents for every regular and $1 for every giant No. 7 sub  sold in all four locations.

The Conway Jersey Mike's will also host an Autism Awareness Jamboree on May 1 from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. The public is invited to attend this free event, which will feature numerous public safety vehicle.

Horry County Project Lifesaver is an innovative rapid response program aiding victims and families suffering from not only autism, but Alzheimer's disease and related disorders such as Downs Syndrome.Clients that are enrolled in the Project Lifesaver Program wear a personalized wristband that emits a tracking signal.

The main goal of Project Lifesaver is to locate and rescue the missing, in which recovery time averages less than 30 minutes when wearing the radio-transmitting wristbands.

"To date, we have about 45 people enrolled in the program, and we know we can assist many more people in our county and assist those families with the fear of their loved ones getting lost and never returning home," said Gordon Harris, Horry County Project Lifesaver Coordinator. "Each wristband costs approximately $300 and we have been able to provide these to families at no cost due to grants that have been secured. We still need more funds in order to continue and grow this program, and we were delighted when Jersey Mike's Subs stepped up and wanted to help."

For more information about Horry County Project Lifesaver or to register for the program, please contact Gordon Harris at (843) 915-8440.