“ROAR”ing to Help Further Autism Research
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 26 at Oregon Ridge Park in Cockeysville, MD. Families and supporters will come together to run, walk and 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 one in 68 children to communicate and form relationships with others. As one of the nation’s leaders in autism research, 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 fight this complex, life-altering disorder that affects 1.5 million Americans.
The 11th annual event will be a fun-filled day with a meaningful purpose, featuring a 5k run/road race, low-mileage fun walk and a family festival. After running or walking, participants will enjoy the family festival, featuring a mascot challenge, enclosed playground, coloring station, balloon art, face painting, healthy snacks provided in the Wegmans Wellness Village, and food from Kooper’s Chowhound Burger Wagon, Slainte on Wheels, and Kona Ice.
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 26? 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, spinal cord, and musculoskeletal system, 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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