WNC Run/Walk for Autism raises over $61,000

Here’s the press release from The Autism Society of North Carolina:

September 18, 2013, Asheville, NC – The Autism Society of North Carolina raised over $61,000 on Saturday, Sept. 14th, as more than 600 people participated in the 8th annual WNC Run/Walk for Autism in Asheville.

Proceeds from the run improve the lives of individuals with autism, support families affected by ASD, and help educate our community. Programs in the region include: two supportive living homes, the Sara Handlan Crisis Fund, and supported employment through Blue Ridge Bags & More.

The WNC Run/Walk for Autism succeeded this year through the on-going support of Diamond Brand and many other repeat and new sponsors. The event included a competitive 5K race, a 5K non-competitive run, and a recreational 1K run/walk.

The 2013 festival featured the family-friendly Fun Zone, refreshments in a fully-stocked hospitality area, and vendor space where more than 25 businesses, service providers, local support resources, and sponsors were showcased. An army of volunteers kept the event running smoothly while runners, walkers, spectators, and festival-goers enjoyed the morning at the campus of UNCA.

Background:

· Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a lifelong developmental disability that typically appears during the first three years of life. Recent studies estimate that up to 1 of every 70 children born in North Carolina will be affected by ASD.

· For over forty years, the Autism Society of North Carolina has worked to address areas of need and expand services for the autism community in North Carolina. ASNC works to directly improve the lives of individuals affected by autism, by providing advocacy, education, and services.

· Additional information is available by calling 1-800-442-2762 or by visiting www.autismsociety-nc.org.


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