SOURCE: Autism Speaks Los Angeles

Autism Speaks Los Angeles

March 08, 2010 09:42 ET

Autism Walk Expects 15,000 People

Walk Now for Autism Speaks, April 24, Pasadena Rose Bowl

LOS ANGELES, CA--(Marketwire - March 8, 2010) -  Thousands will unite for autism at the 8th annual Los Angeles Walk Now for Autism Speaks at the Pasadena Rose Bowl, Saturday, April 24, 2010.

Powered by volunteers and families with loved ones on the autism spectrum, this fundraising effort generates vital funds for autism research, awareness and family services. Autism is the fastest-growing serious developmental disorder, with 1% of the population affected.

Celebrity walk attendees include:

  • Rodney Peete: former USC quarterback and NFL player, author of "Not My Boy!"
  • Holly Robinson Peete: actress, co-author of "My Brother Charlie" and Autism Speaks National Board Member
  • James Denton, star of ABC's "Desperate Housewives" 
  • Ryan Wynott, star of ABC's "Flash Forward"
  • Dennis Zine, Los Angeles City Councilman

ABC7 morning news anchor Phillip Palmer will once again serve as the Master of Ceremonies. Members of the media are invited to attend the event, interview and photograph participants, volunteers and special guests. Registration begins at 8 a.m., the opening ceremony is at 9:30 a.m. and the walk kicks off at 10 a.m.

ABOUT WALK NOW FOR AUTISM SPEAKS: The 8th annual Walk Now for Autism Speaks 2010 event will take place April 24, 2010 in Pasadena. Last year's walk hosted 17,000 people and raised 1.27M at the Pasadena Rose Bowl. Walk Now for Autism Speaks is North America's largest grassroots autism walk. www.walknowforautism.org

ABOUT AUTISM SPEAKS: Autism Speaks is the world's largest autism advocacy organization, increasing awareness of autism spectrum disorders, funding research into the causes, prevention and treatments for autism, and advocating for the needs of individuals with autism and their families. www.autismspeaks.org

ABOUT AUTISM: According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC), autism now affects 1% or 1 in every 110 American children, including 1 in 70 boys. Autism is a complex condition that affects a person's ability to communicate and develop social relationships, and is often accompanied by behavioral challenges. 

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