The first Walk for Autism sponsored by Autism Resources of Marshall County in conjunction with the Royal Arch Masons is scheduled for this Saturday, September 20th. The 5K walk begins and ends at the Masonic Lodge immediately west of River Park Square on Water Street in Plymouth.
Registration begins at 11 with the walk starting at 1 p.m. There is no registration fee and any and all walkers are welcome. They are encouraging all walkers to try and get pledges to help them reach their goal of $10,000. If you get $60 or more in pledges you will received a FREE T-shirt on walk day.
Autism is a spectrum disorder with an estimated 1% of the population of children in the U.S. ages 3 to 17 having some Autism Spectrum Disorder. This is the fastest growing developmental disability in the U.S. Autism now effects 1 in 88 children and 1 in 54 boys. Boys are nearly five times more likely that girls to have autism and there is no medical detection or cure for autism. It is estimated that autism costs a family $60,000 a year.
This first Autism walk is a fundraiser as well as an awareness event. Jana Ramer of Autism Resources of Marshall County said, “In the 9 school districts that J.E.S.S.E serves there are 121 families affected by autism.
If you are interested in showing your support for the first Autism Walk you can pick up information here at WTCA or you can check-out facebook at ARMC.