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San Diego Walk Now For Autism Speaks Raised Over $101K

 

Last updated 10/6/2015 at 10:20am

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Rex Sanchez

More than 2,700 people participated in the 12th Annual San Diego Walk Now For Autism Speaks 5K Walk and Resource Fair raising $101,843 (and counting).

The walk was held on Saturday, Sept. 26, and was hosted by Autism Speaks. KyXy 96.5's Little Tommy returned for the sixth year to host the event, with Azteca 15 San Diego's Claudia Llausas handling additional hosting responsibilities. Participants included community partners Microsoft and Home Depot, media sponsor ABC 10 News, the 501st Legion (who entertained participants), FedEx Ground San Diego (who participated as a corporate team) and the California State University San Marcos chapter of Alpha Xi Delta, a long-time supporter of Autism Speaks and a 2016 Presenting National Sponsor.

About San Diego Walk Now For Autism Speaks

It is the nation's largest grassroots autism walk program, being a fundraising and awareness event, taking place in communities across the United States and Canada. Powered by volunteers, families, local businesses and companies that employ those on the spectrum. This successful grassroots fundraising effort not only generates vital funds for autism research but also raises awareness about the increasing prevalence of autism and the need for increased research funding to combat this complex disorder.

- This year's fundraising goal is $147K. The walk has until Dec. 31, 2015 to reach their goal. Donations can be made at walknowforautismspeaks.org/sandiego

Fed Ex team

Rex Sanchez

Fed Ex Ground San Diego's corporate team.

- More than 42 businesses participated in the Resource Fair, making it the biggest Resource Fair in the San Diego walk's history.

- More than 10,000 people in San Diego are on the autism spectrum.

- Autism has become an epidemic and the costs are estimated to reach nearly $500 billion, potentially $1 trillion, by 2025 according to a study released in July.

- For more information, go to http://www.walknowforautismspeaks.org/sandiego.com

- Last year's San Diego Autism Walk hosted 3,500 people and raised over $126K.

Generous sponsors include: Butterfly Effects ABA Therapy, We Rock The Spectrum Kids Gym. Media sponsors: ABC Channel 10, Azteca San Diego, KyXy 96.5, Valerie's List, San Diego Family, San Diego Community Newspaper Group and El Latino.

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