On Your Mark, Get Set...ROAR for Autism!

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March 21, 2011
Kennedy Krieger Institute's annual fundraiser raises critical funds for autism research

(Baltimore, MD)- On May 1, 2011, in an effort to raise awareness and critically needed funds for autism research, Kennedy Krieger Institute will host its seventh annual ROAR for Autism at Oregon Ridge Park in Cockeysville, MD. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, the prevalence rate of autism, a complex, life-altering, developmental disorder, has risen to 1 in 110 children. Kennedy Krieger continues to be one of the nation's leaders in autism research, striving to provide earlier diagnosis and intervention. 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 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. For those who prefer to stay on two feet, participants can hike the many nature trails also located at Oregon Ridge Park. The popular Wegmans Wellness Village will be back once again featuring healthy food for all families including those with children on special autism diets. In addition to a bike ride, nature walk and great food, the family fun festival features carnival games, balloon animals and musical entertainment for everyone to enjoy.

The online team fundraising component will continue this year; participants can go online to join a fundraising team or build a personal fundraising page and raise money to support autism research at the Kennedy Krieger Institute. Additionally, "Snore for ROAR" is an option for those individuals who can't get out of bed early but still want to make a contribution.

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 for the event begins at 7 a.m. on Sunday, May 1. 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. Also, ROAR for Autism is now on Facebook! To become a fan, log on to http://www.facebook.com/ROARforAutism.

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

About Kennedy Krieger Institute

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

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