Breaking Autism's Silence, Two Wheels and One Step at a Time

April 10, 2012
Kennedy Krieger's Annual Bike Ride, Nature Walk and Family Fun Festival to Support Autism Research

BALTIMORE, MD -- In honor of Autism Awareness Month, friends and families will join together, on bike and by foot, at Kennedy Krieger Institute's annual ROAR for Autism event Sunday, April 29 at Oregon Ridge Park in Cockeysville, Md. Kennedy Krieger Institute is one of the nation's leaders in autism research, and strives to improve the lives of children with autism through cutting edge research and care. With a united "ROAR", participants will help to raise funds for critical scientific studies and break the silence surrounding autism, a condition affecting the ability of nearly 1 in 88 children to communicate, understand language and form relationships.

ROAR for Autism, a day of fun family activities, will feature several bike rides, including 50-mile and 25-mile rides for cycling enthusiasts, a 10-mile ride for recreational bikers, a 5-mile ride for beginners and a youth fun ride for the next generation of cyclists. Attendees can also opt for a scenic walk on Oregon Ridge Park's family friendly trails. Following the rides and walk, participants can relax their heels and wheels at the Family Fun Festival and enjoy music courtesy of DJ Kopec, children's entertainment and carnival games, along with healthy snacks provided by Wegmans. New this year, Kooper's Chowhound Burger Wagon will be in attendance and serving lunch during the Family Fun Festival.

Participants may go online to register as a team or individual and build personal fundraising pages -- all in support of autism research. Those who are out of town or can't drag themselves out of bed for a 6:30 a.m. bike ride can still contribute by registering to "Snore for ROAR".

The cost for advance registration is $25 for adults and $10 for children ages 5-12. On-site registration is $30 for adults and $15 for children beginning at 6:00 a.m. on Sunday, April 29. Children 4 and under are free.

Additionally, this year's raffle features an iPad2 valued at $600. Tickets are $5 each or three for $10 and can be bought online at www.roar.kennedykrieger.org or at the event.

For more information about ROAR for Autism, or to register, visit www.roar.kennedykrieger.org or call 443-923-7300.

About Kennedy Krieger Institute:

Internationally recognized for improving the lives of children and adolescents with disorders and injuries of the brain and spinal cord, the Kennedy Krieger Institute in Baltimore, MD serves more than 16,000 individuals each year through inpatient and outpatient clinics, home and community services and school-based programs. Kennedy Krieger provides a wide range of services for children with developmental concerns mild to severe, and is home to a team of investigators who are contributing to the understanding of how disorders develop while pioneering new interventions and earlier diagnosis. For more information on Kennedy Krieger Institute, visit www.kennedykrieger.org.

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