7500 participants expected at walk event increasing awareness and raising funds to support autism research and programs.
Goal of $500,000 expected to be surpassed on Walk Day
TORONTO, June 17 /CNW/ -
WHEN: Sunday, June 20, 2010
08:30 event/registration opens
09:45 a.m. opening ceremonies
10:00 a.m. walk begins
WHERE: Nathan Phillips Square, Toronto City Hall
3 km walk route: Exit southeast corner of Square - north
and south on University Avenue.
NOTE: ROAD CLOSURES 9AM-12NOON - curb lane of
Queen Street between Bay, University and Northbound lane
of University Avenue, Armoury Street.
WHAT: Walk Now for Autism Speaks Canada is a family-friendly
fundraising and awareness event and is the largest
gathering of individuals affected by autism in Canada.
Families, friends, autism service providers, educators,
corporate leaders, politicians all walking together to
raise money for to support autism research and awareness
Activities and entertainment including bounce houses,
face painters, magicians, music. Toys"R"Us Kids Play
Zone and Spin Master Toy Tent, Bruce Power Jays on the
Road Special appearances by Shrek, Kung Fu Panda, Star
Wars Storm Troopers.
No charge to attend. Register on walk day or
pre-register at www.walknowforautismspeaks.org/ontario
or call 1-888-362-6227
WHO: Families and friends, Corporate Teams, School Teams,
Service Provider Teams, and Canadian Researcher Leaders
Kevin Macnab, President, Toys"R"Us Canada
Steven Wise, Chair, KRG Children's Charitable Foundation
Anton Rabie, CEO, Spin Master Ltd.
Dr. Stephen Scherer, Director, McLaughlin Centre and Toronto Centre for
Applied Genomics (TCAG); Senior Scientist, Hospital for Sick Children;
Professor of Medicine, University of Toronto
Dr. Wendy Roberts, Co-director - Autism Research Unit, Sick Kids;
Co-Leader Autism Treatment Network at Bloorview Kids Rehab; Professor of
Paediatrics, University of Toronto
Sandy Hawley - Hall of Fame Jockey
Jane Holmes, VP Corporate Affairs, Woodbine Entertainment Group
The Honourable Kathleen Wynne, Minister of Transportation
Event sponsors: Toys"R"Us & Babies"R"Us, KRG Children's Charitable
Foundation, Spin Master Ltd., Woodbine Entertainment Group, Toronto
Community News, Mr. Case and Minute Maid.
Autism is a complex neurobiological disorder that typically lasts throughout a person's lifetime. One out of every 110 children is now diagnosed with autism. There is no known definitive cause for autism, no one proven effective treatment and symptoms can range from mild to very severe. Since 1998 over $7 million has been granted to the Canadian autism research community by Autism Speaks. Heightened awareness of autism as well as the accelerated pace of research to finding the causes of autism, more effective treatments for autism and more reliable methods for diagnosing autism can be directly attributed to the efforts of participants in the Walk Now events in Ontario and across North America.
SOURCE AUTISM SPEAKS CANADA
For further information: For further information: Suzanne Lanthier, Executive Director - Autism Speaks Canada, firstname.lastname@example.org, cell: 416-388-3139