Navigation Links
Two Men Complete First-Ever Walk Across the Country for Autism
Date:11/11/2008

WASHINGTON, Nov. 11 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Two men from Worcester, Massachusetts have completed the first-ever walk across the United States to raise awareness and funding to help families affected by autism. Robert Williams and Bobby Genese began their historic walk on May 13th in San Francisco, CA. Their six-month journey ended at the White House on Election Day.

The men walked for the National Autism Association (NAA) in memory of Elias Tembenis, the son of their long-time friends, Harry and Gina Tembenis of Worcester. Elias suffered a severe vaccine reaction at the age of four months, and was later diagnosed with a seizure disorder and autism. With the help of his family, doctors and a team of therapists and teachers, Elias made great strides toward recovery from his autism diagnosis, but on November 17th of last year, a massive seizure took his life at the age of seven. Gina Tembenis shares Elias's story in Jenny McCarthy's latest best-selling book, Mother Warriors.

"Robert and Bobby are two of the most generous people we've ever encountered," said Lori McIlwain, Vice Chairperson of NAA. "They left behind their families, friends and the comforts of home for six months in an incredible gesture of compassion and support for families affected by autism. Along the way, they've inspired thousands of people across the nation."

Over $30,000 has been raised through the Elias Tembenis Walk for Autism. The funds will be used to provide direct financial support for families through NAA's Helping Hand program. A mini-walk will be held during NAA's National Autism Conference later this week in Fort Lauderdale, led by Harry Tembenis and Bobby Genese.

The conference will also feature a keynote speech given by U.S. Congressman Dave Weldon. Other speakers include world-renowned experts on autism covering cutting-edge environmental research, treatment, dietary and behavioral interventions, legal and legislative strategies, estate planning, autism safety, marital support, and more.

NAA's National Autism Conference is sponsored by CARE Clinics, Autism Speaks, Hansen's Natural Beverages, Project Lifesaver and LoJack. For more information on the conference, or to register online, visit http://www.nationalautismconference.org.

For more information on the Elias Tembenis Walk for Autism, visit http://www.nationalautismassociation.org/eliaswalk.

Contact:

Wendy Fournier, NAA (Portsmouth, RI) 401.835.5828

Lori McIlwain, NAA (Cary, NC) 919.741.1646


'/>"/>
SOURCE National Autism Association
Copyright©2008 PR Newswire.
All rights reserved

Related medicine news :

1. Cardium Completes $6.0 Million Financing
2. PARI Pharma Completes Successful Clinical Trials for Tobramycin 100 & Investigational eFlow for CF
3. Completely novel action of insulin unveiled
4. TomoTherapy Completes Acquisition of Linear Accelerator Manufacturer in China
5. Systech Unveils Complete Packaging Execution System at Pack Expo 2008
6. Siemens Launches Motion(TM), a Complete Product Portfolio for Mild Through Severe Hearing Loss
7. LegalView Reports on Rare Traumatic Brain Injury Condition That Could Cause Complete Paralysis of A Victim
8. What Boomers Need to Know About Digestion; Enzymatic Therapy's CompleteGest1 Renew targets special digestive issues
9. Phyhealth Completes $250,000 Funding
10. Response Biomedical Completes Initial Closing of an expected $5.0 Million Financing
11. Digestive Care, Inc. Announces the Complete Submission of the NDA for PANCRECARB(R) (pancrelipase)
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:12/2/2016)... ... 2016 , ... Center for Autism and Related Disorders (CARD) Portland today announced ... disorder (ASD) and other developmental disabilities. The group, which is being launched with the ... the opportunity to share stories and advice, seek help, and continue their education on ...
(Date:12/2/2016)... ... 2016 , ... U.S. Surgeon General, Dr. Vivek Murthy, graces the cover of ... was inspired to practice medicine at an early age by his father, who was ... diagnoses and prescribing medicine,” he states. “It is about building relationships with people; relationships ...
(Date:12/2/2016)... ... December 02, 2016 , ... ... two ostomy patients, standing as living proof that attitude and determination can combine ... and issues that spike around the holidays. This campaign will offer patients a ...
(Date:12/2/2016)... ... December 02, 2016 , ... More than half of American teens report losing ... report speaking with their child about sex related topics, less than 60 percent spoke ... proud to announce the launch of its second edition of the “Sexual Wellness” campaign, ...
(Date:12/2/2016)... ... 02, 2016 , ... CloudLIMS.com, a class-leading provider of Laboratory ... CloudLIMS Lite helps biobanks, clinical, research and testing laboratories keep track of their ... version is a faster and a more efficient product, allowing batch processing of ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:12/2/2016)... -- UCB is pleased to announce that 12 scientific abstracts have ... American Epilepsy Society (AES) Annual Meeting, which takes place ... USA. 1-12 Data being presented include ... ® (lacosamide) CV and BRIVIACT ® (brivaracetam) CV. ... state of the union of epilepsy care and antiepileptic drugs ...
(Date:12/2/2016)... -- Allergan plc (NYSE: AGN ), a leading ... announced Accelerated Share Repurchase (ASR) Program. Logo - ... , ... announced, the Company entered into a variable tenor ASR arrangement ... $10 billion of its ordinary shares. Approximately 40.5 million shares ...
(Date:11/30/2016)... , Nov 30, 2016 Research and ... Intracranial Pressure Monitoring Devices 2017 - MedCore" report to their offering. ... , , ... brain and the skull. In healthy individuals, it is circulated though the ... are cases where the amount of CSF surrounding the brain changes significantly. ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: