Thank you Arizona for raising $1.5 million in support of autism research & resources for families!Posted: Updated:
PHOENIX --- Thank you to all 24,000 runners/walkers that participated in the 9th Annual Walk Now for Autism Speaks at Tempe Beach Park on Sunday, Oct. 26th. Not only did attendance break a record, but the dollars raised did too!
Over $1.5 million dollars was raised at the event to support Autism Speaks and the Southwest Autism Research & Resource Center (SARRC).
Autism is a general term used to describe a group of complex developmental disorders - autism spectrum disorders - caused by a combination of genes and environmental influences. These disorders are characterized, in varying degrees, by communication difficulties, social and behavioral challenges, as well as repetitive behaviors. An estimated 1 in 68 children in the U.S. is on the autism spectrum.
About Autism Speaks:
Autism Speaks is the world's leading autism science and advocacy organization. It is dedicated to funding research into the causes, prevention, treatments and a cure for autism; increasing awareness of autism spectrum disorders; and advocating for the needs of individuals with autism and their families. Autism Speaks was founded in February 2005 by Suzanne and Bob Wright, the grandparents of a child with autism. Mr. Wright is the former vice chairman of General Electric and chief executive officer of NBC and NBC Universal. Since its inception, Autism Speaks has committed more than $500 million to its mission, the majority in science and medical research. Each year Walk Now for Autism Speaks events are held in more than 100 cities across North America. On the global front, Autism Speaks has established partnerships in more than 40 countries on five continents to foster international research, services and awareness. To learn more about Autism Speaks, please visit AutismSpeaks.org.
The Southwest Autism Research & Resource Center (SARRC), founded in 1994, is a nonprofit, community-based organization dedicated to autism research, education and resources for children and young adults with autistic spectrum disorders (ASDs) and their families. SARRC undertakes self-directed and collaborative research projects, serves as a satellite site for national and international projects, and provides up-to-date information, training and assistance to families and professionals about ASDs. To learn more about SARRC, please visit www.autismcenter.org.