SOURCE: Autism Speaks - San Diego
SAN DIEGO, CA--(Marketwire - Sep 10, 2012) - With the increasing prevalence of autism, which now affects about 1 in every 88 American children according to the U.S. CDC, community support for autism is as important as ever and Walk Now for Autism Speaks San Diego has confirmed Virginia Cha, 10News anchor & reporter, and Claudia Llausas, Azteca San Diego anchor & reporter, will serve as Honorary Co-Chairs for the 8th annual event, to be held Saturday, October 6, 2012 at Liberty Station of Point Loma Ingram Plaza at 2640 Historic Decatur Road in San Diego.
Confirmed talent and high-profile walk attendees include:
- 10News - Virginia Cha, anchor/reporter and Honorary Walk Co-Chair
- Azteca San Diego - Claudia Llausas, anchor/reporter and Honorary Walk Co-Chair
- KYXY 96.5 FM - Little Tommy, Executive Producer, The Jef & Jer Showgram and Walk Emcee
- 10News and Azteca San Diego - Paola Hernández-Jiao, Community Outreach & Publicity Manager and on-air personality
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.
Powered by volunteers and families with loved ones on the autism spectrum, this fundraising effort generates vital funds for autism research and raises awareness about the increasing prevalence of autism, the fastest-growing serious developmental disorder, and the need for increased research funding to combat this complex disorder.
ABOUT SAN DIEGO WALK NOW FOR AUTISM SPEAKS: The 8th annual San Diego Walk Now for Autism Speaks 2012 event will take place October 6, 2012 at Liberty Station of Point Loma Ingram Plaza at 2640 Historic Decatur Road. The 2011 walk hosted 2,500 people and raised $128,500. www.walknowforautismspeaks.org/sandiego
ABOUT AUTISM SPEAKS: Autism Speaks is the nation's largest autism advocacy organization, dedicated to 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 about 1 in every 88 American children, including 1 in 54 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.