Second annual Autism Move-A-Thon planned for Oct. 9

| 28 Sep 2011 | 02:52

    Goshen - If you could raise awareness for those with a lifelong disability by walking just one mile, would you? If you could help ease the burden on their parents and families by raising money for support programs, would you? If you could help find a cure for a devastating, neurological disorder that affects approximately 1.5 million people, would you? The Mental Health Association in Goshen is teaming up with Parents Run A.M.O.C. (Autism Move-a-Thon of Orange County) to host the second annual Autism Move-A-Thon Orange County on Sunday, Oct. 9, at Thomas Bull Memorial Park from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. What exactly is a move-a-thon? It is like a walk-a-thon although participants are not limited to walking. They may walk, run, dance, hop, skip — just move! The entry fee is $20 and participants are encouraged to get sponsors who may donate any dollar amount to their symbolic one-mile hike. Proceeds from the event will benefit autism programs in Orange County through the Mental Health Association in Orange County, Inc. and Autism Research Institute, a non-profit organization established in 1967, primarily devoted to conducting research and disseminating the results on the causes of autism and on methods of preventing, diagnosing, and treating autism and other severe behavioral disorders. Last year's event raised more than $20,000, the majority of which stayed right here for families in Orange County coping with this devastating disorder. This year, the event will be even bigger, and the group's sights are set even higher than last year. Autism is a disorder on the rise. There are an estimated 1.5 million children and adults with autism. That number could rise to four million in the next decade. Autism is a complex developmental disability that usually appears during the first three years of life. It impacts the normal development of the brain, especially in areas of social interaction and communication skills. Most children diagnosed with autism have difficulties in verbal and non-verbal communication, social interactions and leisure or play activities. If you pre-register on or before Sept. 16, you will receive a free T-shirt and one for someone on the autism spectrum, plus the opportunity to order more for just $5. If you are one of the first 200 pre-registered, you will also receive a tote bag. Anyone needing more information about the Move-A-Thon or information on autism, may contact the Mental Health Association in Orange County, Inc. at 845-294-7411 Ext. 253. Registration forms are available online at