Tuesday, March 06 2012 @ 04:29 PM UTC
Contributed by: Profiles
For the upcoming Autism Awareness Month families will join together, on bike and by foot, at Kennedy Krieger Institute’s annual ROAR for Autism event on Sunday, April 29. With a united “ROAR”, participants will help to break the silence surrounding autism, a condition affecting the ability of nearly 1.5 million American children to communicate, understand language and form relationships.
In an effort to raise critically needed funds for autism research, Kennedy Krieger Institute will host the eighth annual ROAR for Autism at Oregon Ridge Park. Kennedy Krieger, one of the nation’s leaders in autism research, strives to provide earlier diagnosis and discover how autism spectrum disorders affect the brain in order to develop successful treatments.
A day full of fun family activities, ROAR for Autism will feature several bike rides, including 50- and 25-mile rides for cycling enthusiasts, a 10-mile ride for recreational bikers, a 5-mile ride for beginners and a youth fun ride for the next generation of cyclists. Rather ditch the wheels? Attendees can also take a scenic walk on Oregon Ridge Park’s family friendly trails. Finally, after your ride or walk, relax your heels and wheels at the Family Fun Festival and enjoy music courtesy of DJ Kopec, children’s entertainment and carnival games, along with healthy snacks provided by Wegmans.
Participants and teams may go online to register, join a fundraising team and build personal fundraising pages—all in support of autism research. Don’t think you can drag yourself out of bed for a 6:30 a.m. bike ride, but still want to support ROAR for Autism? No problem! Snore for ROAR allows you to register and fundraise while you sleep in.
Additionally, an iPad2 valued at $600 will be raffled off at the event. Tickets are $5 each or three for $10.
For more information about ROAR for Autism, or to register, visit http://www.kennedykrieger.org or call 443-923-7300.