ROAR for Autism

July 8, 2011

To raise awareness and critical funds for autism research, Kennedy Krieger Institute held its seventh annual ROAR for Autism on May 1, at Oregon Ridge Park in Cockeysville, Md.

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, the prevalence of autism has risen to 1 in 88 children. Kennedy Krieger continues to be a national leader in autism research, striving to provide earlier diagnosis and intervention. Once again, adults and children of all ages joined together to help break the silence surrounding autism by “ROARing” for the millions of children who can’t.

ROAR for Autism featured events and activities for everyone, 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. Participants who preferred to remain on two feet hiked the many nature trails also located at Oregon Ridge Park. The popular Wegmans Wellness Village was back again, featuring healthy food for families, including those with children on special diets. In addition to a bike ride, nature walk, and great food, the family fun festival featured carnival games, balloon animals, and musical entertainment for everyone to enjoy.

For more information on the event, visit www.ROAR.kennedykrieger.org and become a fan of the event on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ROARforAutism.