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The Philadelphia Walk Now for Autism Expected to Draw 10,000 Walkers and Raise $1 Million to Help Find Answers About the Nation's Fastest-Growing Developmental Disorder
Date:9/4/2007

d grandmother of Dov (now 15 years old) who was diagnosed at 18 months. "The Walk is our opportunity to gather and to support the efforts that can make a difference in their lives."

Walk Now for Autism Co-Chairs:

Stacey Fliegelman and Greg Fanelli, both parents of children with autism.

Walk Now for Autism Philadelphia Major Sponsors:

Toys "R" Us and the Toys "R" Us Children's Fund proudly serve as the national sponsor of the Autism Speaks/Cure Autism Now Walk Now for Autism program. Other sponsors include (as of press time) Chevrolet, Event Mover, Janssen, Viacom Outdoor, Spectrum Publications, Babytalk, CBS 3, CW 57, KYW Newsradio, The Big Talker 1210 (WPHT), 610 WIP Sports Radio, 98.1 WOGL, 94 WYSP, Innovex, McNeil Consumer Healthcare, Adient, Direct Image and Design, Best Buy.

BACKGROUND INFORMATION

About Autism

Autism is a complex brain disorder that inhibits a person's ability to communicate and develop social relationships, and is often accompanied by extreme behavioral challenges. Autism Spectrum Disorders are diagnosed in 1 in 150 children in the United States, affecting four times as many boys as girls. The diagnosis of autism has increased tenfold in the last decade. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have called autism a national public health crisis whose cause and cure remain unknown.

About Autism Speaks/Cure Autism Now

Autism Speaks is dedicated to increasing awareness of autism spectrum disorders, to funding research into the causes, prevention, treatments and a cure for autism, and to advocating for the needs of affected families. It was founded in February 2005 by Suzanne and Bob Wright, the grandparents of a child with autism. Bob Wright is Vice Chairman, General Electric, and served as chief executive officer of NBC for more than twenty years.

Cure Autism Now was founded by native Philadelphian and Hollywood film producer, Jonathan Shestack and his wife
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