Liberty University Students to Host Autism Speaks U Walk/Run to Raise Awareness and Funds for Autism Advocacy and Research on April 13, 2013

Lynchburg, VA, February 17, 2013 --( Liberty University students will host an Autism Speaks U Walk/Run to raise awareness and funds for Autism Speaks, North America’s largest autism science and advocacy organization. The event will take place on April 13, 2013 at 9:00 am at the Aid Station, 1035 Avalon Dr., Forest, VA from 9:00 am – 11:00 am.

Over 400 students from the Liberty University campus community will be participating in the Walk/Run. For details, contact Kristen Martin, (703) 554 – 3689, or Kristin Lock, (434) 944 - 3236. Register for the event at: Our goal for this walk/run is to raise $13,000 for Autism research.

Launched in 2008, Autism Speaks U, an initiative of Autism Speaks, is designed to support college students, alumni and faculty in their awareness, advocacy and fundraising efforts. Student-organized events can range from hosting a 5K run, benefit concert, eating contest, panel on autism and more. While many of the students involved with Autism Speaks U have a personal connection to autism, others not directly affected have also joined the program to support the cause.

Since its inaugural event at Penn State University in 2006, Autism Speaks U events have raised over $1 million and student-organized Walk Now for Autism Speaks teams have brought in millions more. Autism Speaks U events and chapters exist at colleges and universities across the country, including: Penn State University, University of California, Berkeley, Cornell University, University of Michigan, Ohio State University, University of Connecticut, Duke University, University of Maryland and the University of Massachusetts Amherst. To learn more about Autism Speaks U Walk/Runs and to register for an event, visit

About Autism
Autism is a general term used to describe a group of complex developmental brain disorders – autism spectrum disorders – caused by a combination of genes and environmental influences. These disorders are characterized, in varying degrees, by communication difficulties, social and behavioral challenges, as well as repetitive behaviors. An estimated one in 88 children in the U.S. is on the autism spectrum – a 78 percent increase in six years that is only partly explained by improved diagnosis.

About Autism Speaks
Autism Speaks is the world’s leading autism science and advocacy organization. It is dedicated to funding research into the causes, prevention, treatments and a cure for autism; increasing awareness of autism spectrum disorders; and advocating for the needs of individuals with autism and their families. Autism Speaks was founded in February 2005 by Suzanne and Bob Wright, the grandparents of a child with autism. Mr. Wright is the former vice chairman of General Electric and chief executive officer of NBC and NBC Universal. Since its inception, Autism Speaks has committed more than $195 million to research and developing innovative resources for families. Each year Walk Now for Autism Speaks events are held in more than 100 cities across North America. On the global front, Autism Speaks has established partnerships and related activities in more than 40 countries on five continents to foster international research, services and awareness. To learn more about Autism Speaks, please visit
Autism Speaks U: Liberty
Kristen Martin