Autism Speaks brings fundraising walk to Raleigh

The Research Triangle area of Autism Speaks, the world’s leading autism science and advocacy organization, has announced that the first-ever Triangle Walk Now for Autism Speaks fundraising and awareness event will take place on April 13 at Governor Morehead School in Raleigh.

All event proceeds will support Autism Speaks’ work, both locally and nationally, to increase awareness about the growing autism health crisis, fund innovative autism research and family services, and advocate for the needs of individuals with autism and their families in the Research Triangle area and beyond.

Autism spectrum disorder is now diagnosed in one in every 88 children, including one in 54 boys, making it the fastest-growing serious developmental disability in the U.S.

The Walk Now for Autism Speaks events are the signature fundraising events for Autism Speaks, drawing hundreds of thousands of participants in 103 cities across the U.S. and Canada to support autism research, awareness and advocacy.

Each Walk Now for Autism Speaks event is unique, offering a safe and fun day for families impacted by autism. The day includes a two to three-mile Walk and Community Resource fair with educational sources, therapists, schools, recreational organizations, and creative child-friendly activities – a true “one-stop-shop” for families affected by autism

In addition to its national science and advocacy work, Autism Speaks has made a significant impact in the Triangle area. The organization has provided more than nine million dollars funding to innovative local service providers in North Carolina mostly in the Triangle area, including the Kraft YMCA in Apex through its Baker Summer Camp Grant program. Autism Speaks science grants have supported research at local research institutions including University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Duke University.

“We are thrilled to be launching the first Walk Now for Autism Speaks with the support of families affected by autism, their friends and supporters who want to make a difference,” said Mandy Jones, Walk Chair. “We are helping to advance science and awareness nationally, while also supporting the important work of service providers, researchers and clinicians in our community and communities across America. Most importantly, we are coming together to celebrate the joy our loved ones with autism bring to our lives, and to advance the effort to make life better for them and their families.”

For the seventh consecutive year, Toys“R”Us® and Babies“R”Us® proudly serve as the national sponsors of Walk Now for Autism Speaks. Toys“R”Us is also the largest corporate partner of Autism Speaks. Since the partnership began in 2007, Toys“R”Us has helped Autism Speaks receive more than $16 million through in-store and online fundraising campaigns, donations from both the Toys“R”Us Children’s Fund and Toys“R”Us, Inc. and the efforts of employees who volunteer to raise additional funds at Walk Now for Autism Speaks events across the country.

Additional sponsors include Governor Morehead School and Summit Hospitality Group.

For more information about the 2013 Triangle Walk Now for Autism Speaks, please visit or contact Lauren Kidder at or 704-561-0003.