Raising Funds & Awareness for Autism Since 2012
Today, according to the CDC’s Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring (ADDM) Network, nearly 1 in 68 children have an autism diagnosis. It is the fastest growing developmental disability in the Unites States. Unfortunately, there is no cure, only treatment; the average cost of treatment is $60,000 a year per child. The Frozen Cup’s mission is to raise awareness of autism and provide financial assistance and practical support for St. Louis families affected by ASD.
Chaser’s Frozen Cup is an organization dedicated to autism in memory of Chase Miller Pottorff, an angel who is with us in spirit. In honor of Chase and his life cut too short, we move forward to help other families who face the uncertain future of autism.
Chase was born May 6, 2007, into a supportive and loving family. He was a fun-loving little boy who loved the color red; he had an infectious laugh that made hearts melt. His smile would light up a room. His charismatic and charming personality attracted everyone.
Chase was diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) shortly after his second birthday. This marked the beginning of a rigorous and costly therapy regime. Through Applied Behavioral Analysis, occupational therapy, and speech therapy, Chase made great strides and broke through the communication barriers that limited him. He developed words and started a revolution for other children with ASD by demonstrating his abilities to communicate via iPod and iPad. Through these means of technology, therapists were able to gain insight into Chase’s wonderful mind.
In August of 2011, Chase was hospitalized at St. Louis Children’s Hospital for kidney failure, which resulted from Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome (HUS). HUS is a severe complication that can develop in young children after ingesting E-coli bacteria, thus beginning the difficult journey for Chase and his family. Sadly, on November 4, 2011, Chase received his wings and was called to heaven at just four years of age.
Though Chase is no longer with us in body, his legacy lives on. We continue to honor him and all children with ASD and their families in our attempt to change the future of autism once and for all.
Why The Frozen Cup?
St. Louis loves hockey! We are thrilled that our enthusiastic hockey community comes together each year on this special day to help raise awareness and money for autism. The Frozen Cup, a 501(c)(3) Not-for-Profit, was created to bring back nostalgic outdoor hockey for a great cause.
A single-elimination fast-paced hockey tournament takes place outside in the midst of St. Louis winter to raise money for autism awareness and to offset treatment expenses for local families touched by autism. And thanks to all of you, we have raised more funds year after year and have been able to support more families affected by this diagnosis.
Who Can Play?
The Frozen Cup is open for play to adults 18 and up and the Melted Cup is open to all ages. Anyone can be a volunteer or a spectator and cheer us on to help change the future of autism. Sign up today to play in the Frozen Cup and The Melted Cup alongside a few retired NHL Blues players. Check out our other events, donate your time and/or dollars and make a difference to our local, autistic community.
Autism affects every aspect of an autistic child’s family. It’s a constant physical and financial challenge that’s an immensely emotionally draining journey. Let’s love and support these families as they try to cope with the life-altering aspects of having an ASD child. With our help and progressive treatment, autistic children can thrive and become highly functioning adults. Together we can make great strides to change the face and the future of autism. Not only is it our mission to shut out autism, it’s Chaser’s legacy to make life better for all children and families affected by ASD.