Washington, DC, June 13, 2010 --(PR.com
)-- Autism Speaks National Capital Area, the DC chapter of the nation’s largest autism advocacy organization, today announced that it has released for general registration the remaining slots in the Tenth Annual Autism Speaks 5K. All event proceeds will benefit Autism Speaks.
“We are proud to welcome BOWA Builders as the Presenting Sponsor of our tenth annual event,” said Susan Pereles, Autism Speaks’ event director. “Now marking a decade of commitment, the Autism Speaks 5K is a labor of love for our race committee and has become an institution in the DC community. There is something special in running for our cause on Independence Day, as we strive to raise money to improve the lives of the more than one million Americans living with this chronic disorder.”
Last year’s Autism Speaks 5K had over 2,000 participants and raised almost $200,000. The event has both a 5K race and a 1 mile fun walk. Individuals, families, and businesses are encouraged to register online at www.autismspeaks5K.org and start their July 4th holiday with a bang.
Autism is a complex brain disorder that inhibits a person's ability to communicate and develop social relationships, and is often accompanied by extreme behavioral challenges. Autism spectrum disorders are diagnosed in one in 110 children in the United States, affecting four times as many boys as girls. The diagnosis of autism has increased tenfold in the last decade. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have called autism a national public health crisis whose cause and cure remain unknown.
About Autism Speaks
Autism Speaks is dedicated to increasing awareness of autism spectrum disorders, to funding research into the causes, prevention and treatments for autism, and to advocating for the needs of individuals with autism and their families. It was founded in February 2005 by Suzanne and Bob Wright, the grandparents of a child with autism. Bob Wright is Senior Advisor at Lee Equity Partners and served as vice chairman, General Electric, and chief executive officer of NBC and NBC Universal for more than twenty years. Wright also serves on the board of directors of the Polo Ralph Lauren Corporation, RAND Corporation and Mission Product, LLC. To learn more about Autism Speaks, please visit www.autismspeaks.org.