Families Share Stories Ahead of Western NC Run/Walk for Autism

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Hundreds of Asheville area residents will run or walk in the Sept. 14 fundraiser for the Autism Society of North Carolina to support individuals with autism and their families.

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ASNC has been a constant support, not only for Miles, but also for our family.

The upcoming WNC Run/Walk for Autism presents the opportunity to share numerous stories of local families touched by autism, which is now estimated to affect up to 1of every 70 children born in North Carolina.

The annual fundraiser for the Autism Society of North Carolina (ASNC) draws hundreds of participants like Brooks Buddy, an Asheville mom.

Why does Brooks Buddy run? For moms like her, and sons like her own.

Eight years ago, when the Asheville mom realized her toddler son needed help, she didn’t know where to turn. She called the Autism Society of North Carolina, and the nonprofit connected her to resources. “I think that’s why he’s functional today.”

Buddy will be in the Asheville race on Saturday, Sept. 14, running so that other families don’t have to face challenges on their own.

“ASNC has been a constant support, not only for Miles, but also for our family.”

For more of Brooks Buddy’s story, please go to http://autismsocietyofnc.wordpress.com/2013/08/22/the-wnc-runwalk-for-autism-a-mother-gives-back. Buddy also has expressed willingness to be a part of stories your organization might want to write to preview the race.

8th annual WNC Run/Walk for Autism
Presented by Diamond Brand Outdoors
9 a.m.-noon Saturday, Sept. 14
UNC-Asheville campus
5K race, 5K noncompetitive run, and recreational 1K run/walk. Part of the Asheville Track Club Grand Prix Series, USATF-certified.

The event will also feature a family-friendly festival with a fun zone, refreshments, and vendor space where businesses, service providers, local support resources, and sponsors will be showcased.

Please visit http://www.wncrunwalkforautism.org or call 828-236-1547 to register, join a team, form a team, sponsor, donate, or volunteer.

Proceeds from this event go to support individuals on the autism spectrum and their families throughout the WNC community. All money raised by the Autism Society of North Carolina stays in North Carolina providing support and promoting opportunities for the over 60,000 people in our state affected by Autism Spectrum Disorder.

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