Thursday, November 29, 2007

Las Vegas to Walk Now For Autism Dec. 1

LAS VEGAS — A Walk Now For Autism event will be held on Saturday, Dec. 1, at Star Nursery Field at Sam Boyd Stadium, 7000 East Russell Road. Registration and a resource fair open at 8:30 a.m. Opening ceremonies begin at 9:30 a.m. with the walk starting at 10 a.m.

A local team will be walking in support of Daniel Allen, a bright and energetic 4-year-old who was diagnosed with autism a year and a half ago. Individuals are invited to join Daniel’s team, called DanieLove07, by walking or making a donation. To join, visit Walk For Autism to register. Click on the Las Vegas link, then “register,” and then “join a team.” Click “DanieLove07” under “join an existing team.”

Walk Now For Autism unites communities in support of those affected by autism with a noncompetitive 5K walk and community resource fair, raising funds for autism research, awareness and outreach.

Every 20 minutes another child is diagnosed with autism. It is a neuro-developmental disorder that is commonly diagnosed by the age of three, and in some cases, as early as one year. Affecting one in every 150 children born today, autism is characterized by varying degrees of impairment in communication skills, social interactions, and restricted, repetitive and stereotypical patterns of behavior.

The money raised at Walk Now For Autism supports Autism Speaks/Cure Autism Now's mission to find the causes, effective treatments and a cure for autism through funding essential biomedical and scientific research.

Autism Speaks and Cure Autism Now are dedicated to increasing awareness of the growing autism epidemic and to raising money to fund scientists who are searching for a cure. Cure Autism Now was founded in 1995 by Jonathan Shestack and Portia Iversen, parents of a child with autism. Autism Speaks was founded in February 2005 by Suzanne and Bob Wright, grandparents of a child with autism.

Autism Speaks and Cure Autism Now (CAN) recently announced plans to combine operations, bringing together the two leading organizations dedicated to accelerating and funding biomedical research into the causes, prevention, treatments and cure for autism; to increasing awareness of the nation’s fastest-growing developmental disorder; and to advocating for the needs of affected families. Together the organizations have awarded autism research grants valued at more than $50 million.

Autism affects thousands of children in every community, and just about everyone knows a child who is affected by autism. Finding a cure requires extensive research, and events like this one held across the country generate much needed funds and raise awareness about the disorder. Even a small donation will play an important role in finding a cure.

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