Somerville, NJ, March 24, 2018 --(PR.com
)-- With as many as 1 in 100 children exhibiting signs of Tourette Syndrome (TS), parents often look to the community and schools for support. That is why NJ Center for Tourette Syndrome & Associate Disorders (NJCTS) has created an event that allows people all over the state to come out in support of families in a fun and creative way.
NJ Walks for TS is a virtual walk that supports important programs including educational outreach in schools throughout New Jersey. For the entire month of April, supporters will choose a date, time and location that works best for them. A park, school track, or their own neighborhood are all viable options. Participants are asked to set up a fundraising page to share with friends and family to raise money and awareness for Tourette Syndrome. The top five fundraisers will be invited to the State House in Trenton for TS Awareness Day on June 4.
“We realized that our families have a lot going on and setting a specific date for a fundraising event may not work for many that have a desire to support NJCTS,” said Faith Rice, executive director. “A virtual walk allows them to set their own schedule, whether they walk or run on their own and pull together a group of friends and family.”
Tourette Syndrome (TS), which usually appears around age 6 or 7, is a neurological disorder characterized by involuntary sounds or movements known as tics and is frequently accompanied by obsessive-compulsive disorder, ADHD, learning disabilities, and mental health conditions.
NJCTS provides several education outreach programs including school in-service presentations for faculty and students, leadership development for teens and young adults with TS, and hospital-based training for physicians, nurses, and other healthcare providers.
Registration is open and donations can be made at www.njcts.org/virtual.
The NJ Center for Tourette Syndrome and Associated Disorders, the nation’s first Center for Excellence for Tourette Syndrome, is a not-for-profit organization committed to the advocacy of children and families with Tourette Syndrome and its associated disorders. Dedicated to delivering high quality services to these individuals, the Center recognizes the importance of educating the public, medical professionals, and teachers about this disorder through programs and affiliations with public schools, health centers, and universities. Visit www.njcts.org for more information.