Kennedy Krieger Institute Continues to Get Active for Autism Research

March 10, 2010
Annual fundraiser on April 25th raises critical funds during Autism Awareness Month

(Baltimore, MD) - According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, the incidence rates of autism, a complex, life-altering, developmental disorder, have risen to 1 in 110 children, making autism the most common developmental disability in the country. Annually, April marks the celebration of Autism Awareness Month, a month used to increase awareness and raise funds for autism. Locally, the Kennedy Krieger Institute continues to be one of the nation's leaders in autism research, striving to provide earlier diagnosis, a better understanding of how the disorder affects the brain, and develop successful treatments. In an effort to raise critically needed funds for autism research, Kennedy Krieger Institute will host the sixth annual ROAR for Autism on Sunday, April 25 at Oregon Ridge Park in Cockeysville, MD. Once again, adults and children of all ages will come together to help break the silence that surrounds autism, and ROAR for the millions of children who can't.

ROAR for Autism will feature events and activities for every member of the family including challenging 50- and 25- mile rides, a 10-mile ride for recreational bikers, a 5-mile ride designed for beginner cyclists, and a youth fun ride. For those who prefer to stay on two feet, Oregon Ridge Nature Center will be offering guided nature walks. The popular Wegmans Wellness Village will feature healthy food for all families including those with children on special autism diets. In addition, there will be a family festival featuring music, face painters, games, crafts, a balloon artist, and much more. Also at the event, a LG 47" LCD flat screen TV will be raffled off with tickets $5 each or 3 for $10.

The online team fundraising component will continue this year as participants can go online to register, join a fundraising team, and to build a personal fundraising page to raise money from supporters. Through their personal page, registrants are able to mobilize their friends and families and further spread the word about their connection to autism and the ROAR for Autism event. Additionally, "Snore for ROAR" is an option for those individuals who can't quite get out of bed that early, but still want to support autism research.

Registration for the event is open from 7 a.m. - 10 a.m. on Sunday, April 25. The cost for advance registration is $25 for adults, $5 for children ages 5 -- 12, and free for children 4 and under. On-site registration is $30 for adults, $10 for children ages 5 -12, and free for children 4 and under. All participants can register either solo or as a team. Rest stops and bike repair services will be available along the bike routes. For more information about ROAR, or to register, visit www.ROAR.kennedykrieger.org or call 443-923-7300. Also, ROAR for Autism is now on Facebook! To become a fan, log on to http://www.facebook.com/ROARforAutism.

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 13,000 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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