Kennedy Krieger Institute Will Roar To Break The Silence Of Autism

April 1, 2014
Participants put one foot—or pedal—in front of the other to raise awareness and critical research funds

BALTIMORE, MD—For Autism Awareness Month in April, Kennedy Krieger Institute will once again bring the community together for its annual fundraiser, ROAR for Autism, on Sunday, April 27 at Oregon Ridge Park in Cockeysville, MD. Through biking, running and walking, families and supporters will gather with a united “ROAR” to raise awareness and funds for research into this puzzling disorder that so often silences the voices of those affected. Since the inaugural event in 2005, ROAR for Autism, presented by CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield, has raised more than $2 million for autism research at Kennedy Krieger.

Autism is a brain-based developmental disability affecting the ability of 1 in 68 children to communicate and form relationships with others. As one of the nation’s leaders in autism research and treatment, Kennedy Krieger Institute strives to provide earlier diagnosis and develop successful treatments by discovering how autism affects the brain. ROAR for Autism gives participants a unique opportunity to help the almost 2 million Americans affected by this complex, life-altering disorder.

The 10th annual event will be a fun-filled day with a meaningful purpose, featuring a 25-mile bike ride, a newly redesigned 5k course, low-mileage fun walk and a family festival. Cyclists will journey through the scenic countryside of Baltimore County and runners and walkers will enjoy the beautiful scenery surrounding Oregon Ridge Park. After biking, running or walking, participants will enjoy the Family Festival, featuring healthy snacks provided in the Wegmans Wellness Village, live music, the mascot challenge, face painting, balloon art, coloring station, enclosed playground, nature trails, food from Kooper’s Chowhound Burger Wagon and Woody’s Taco Island Truck, and much more!

Participants and teams may go online to register and build personal fundraising pages—all in support of autism research. Want to support ROAR for Autism, but can’t drag yourself out of bed early on April 27? Go ahead and sleep in, just don’t forget to register to Snore for ROAR.

For more information about ROAR for Autism, or to register, visit www.ROARforAutism.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 20,000 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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