The 2014 Ladue News Show House at 34 Briarcliff will help give a voice to young patients across the region. Proceeds from the fourth annual home tour will benefit Autism Speaks and SSM Cardinal Glennon Children’s Medical Center. Here, learn more about the impact of these worthy organizations.

Autism Speaks

Autism is the fastest-growing serious developmental disorder in the nation: One in 68 children is diagnosed as having an autism-spectrum disorder. In response, Autism Speaks is helping autistic kids—and adults—live as independently as possible.

Founded in 2005 by Bob and Suzanne Wright, grandparents of an autistic child, Autism Speaks is a worldwide leader in awareness and research of autism. The organization is dedicated to finding the causes, treatments and a cure for autism; increasing awareness of autism-spectrum disorders; and advocating for the needs of those with autism and their families.

Locally, the organization’s fundraisers—including Walk Now for Autism Speaks, which raises about $800,000 each fall—are helping to make strides in autism research and education. In part, the research dollars have allowed for earlier diagnosis—from 18 to 24 months, notes executive director Angela Dettmers. “The earlier the diagnosis, the better—then they can get into occupational and speech therapy that can help them reach their full potential.”

The organization also funds $25,000 in local grants. Among benefactors is the Social College at Pathways to Independence. At the college, adults with complex learning disabilities improve social skills that help them form personal and work relationships, and engage with the community.

For more information, visit autismspeaks.org.

SSM Cardinal Glennon Children’s Medical Center

As one of the nation’s top pediatric health care institutes, SSM Cardinal Glennon Children’s Medical Center treats 200,000 kids a year—regardless of their families’ ability to pay.

With 60 pediatric specialties, the hospital provides the highest quality health care to patients in the St. Louis area and around the world. To expand this impact, Cardinal Glennon recently opened a new Pediatric Intensive Care Unit. “It features new individual patient rooms and a family waiting area to provide comfort to families who are visiting,” notes Sandy Koller, executive director of Cardinal Glennon Children’s Foundation. And in June, the hospital opened the Costas Center. Named after board of governors member Bob Costas, the center offers young cancer patients top medical care through an experienced team of doctors, nurses and additional health professionals.

In support of its mission, Cardinal Glennon holds multiple annual fundraisers, including Homers for Health, Glennon Sunday, Tree of Hope, the Glennon Guild Fashion Show and the Glennon Card. More than $16.5 million was raised last year. Funds from last year’s Ladue News Show House helped the hospital provide telemedicine equipment services to patients in outlying areas, Koller adds.

For more information, visit glennon.org.