UW honors Burien Attorney Tracy Codd for Mt. Kilimanjaro Autism Fundraising


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Burien attorney Tracy Codd was recently honored by the University of Washington for his ascent of Tanzania, Africa’s Mount Kilimanjaro on behalf of the University of Washington Autism Center (read our previous coverage here).

A formal ceremony was held at the Montlake offices of the UW Autism Center. In attendance were Wendy Stone, PhD, the Director of the UW Autism Center as well as James Policar, Associate Director of Philanthropy, UW Medicine Advancement. Also in attendance were members of Mr. Codd’s family.

Mr. Codd was successful in raising $50,000 in support of the UW Autism Center.

“This was truly a community effort,” Codd told The B-Town Blog. “Over 100 different individuals, charitable foundations and businesses contributed to this cause, from as far away as Australia, Texas and Louisiana. The lion’s share of the contributions came from local sources. The Burien-Normandy Park-Des Moines communities should be very proud of their accomplishment.”

Special thanks also go out to those who helped Codd’s ‘Scale the Heights‘ fundraiser party in December, which raised over $14,000:

Mr. Codd also singled out Mr. Policar for recognition.

“James was instrumental throughout the process,” he added. “He helped with the roadmap for fundraising, communicated on a regular basis, served as a motivator and was a wonderful representative of the University of Washington. His insights and assistance along the way were invaluable.”

Mr. Codd also credited the power of Facebook as well as The B-Town Blog for the exposure that allowed the fundraising goal to be reached.

“Facebook provided an excellent medium to highlight the climb and allowed me to communicate directly with those who supported the climb. It also provided a forum to thank supporters for their contributions and to share pictures from the climb. The Blog followed the entire journey closely, from its infancy in the summer of 2012 through our summit of Uhuru Peak on January 20, 2013.”

“I am very grateful to all of those who have contributed to the climb. Little is known about Autism, however the body of research is growing, and hopefully this fundraising effort has contributed in a small way to a better understanding of the condition.” Codd told the Blog.

Here are some photos from the ceremony:

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