Autism United reaches out to John Travolta

Actresske_john_14749348_600 Autism United, a national group representing more than 15,000 parents of children with autism, is reaching out to grieving parents John Travolta and Kelly Preston.

They'd like the couple to join a nationwide public-awareness campaign about autism.

Whether their son Jett's death was autism-related or not, Travolta's support would send a powerful message because he is one of the most recognized stars around.

The press release adds: "His role as a parent who dealt with a child suffering seizures could help to thousands of families with children suffering similar problems."

"This is a difficult time for John and Kelly, and our prayers are with them," the AU spokesman said. "But this could be an opportunity for them to use their son's death and their celebrity to help thousands of parents, who are caring for sick youngsters."

Other celebrities, such as actress Jenny McCarthy, already work with Autism United.

According to the press release, Travolta and his actress wife, Kelly Preston, are active members in the Church of Scientology, which views autism and other mental illnesses as psychosomatic and prescribes treatments of spiritual healing.

According to the Associated Press, millions of children and adults have seizures in the United States, but dying from a seizure is rare.

The AP story reads: "That only adds to the confusion and mystery surrounding the life and death of Jett Travolta, the 16-year-old son of actors John Travolta and Kelly Preston."

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