Ramsey, NJ (PRWEB) May 17, 2013
Employees at Prestige Lexus announced that they will participate in “Walk Now for Autism Speaks” for their third consecutive year. Team Prestige Lexus will walk 1.5 miles on May 19 along with hundreds of other local advocates to raise funds for autism research and to spread awareness about the disorder.
Prestige Lexus first participated in “Walk Now for Autism Speaks” two years ago to honor the children of Prestige Lexus employees who have been diagnosed with Autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Autism and ASD are both general terms for a group of complex disorders of brain development. Autism affects one in every 88 children born in the United States, causing difficulties in social interaction, verbal and nonverbal communication, and repetitive behaviors. Team Prestige Lexus will be walking again this year to raise funds for autism awareness and research, in support of all those affected by the disorder.
“This event is personally important to me because my son and my nephew have both been diagnosed on the spectrum,” said Stacey Diver, co-leader of Team Prestige Lexus. “Many of my friends’ and coworkers’ families are affected as well. I feel that by participating in the walk, I can show my support for my son and for all other families dealing with autism. By raising donations, I can help other families receive the early intervention services and therapies that their children need.”
The walk is more than just to raise awareness for autism, however. It is also a chance for those affected to come together, be around each other, and feel like they are a part of something bigger.
“Walk Now for Autism Speaks is a great event for my children,” Diver continued. “They have many activities for the children to make it fun, and it gives them a chance to see people come together for a great cause. I think it helps my son feel accepted for the unique individual that he is.”
Those interested in joining the team or donating may contact Stacey Diver at 201-258-6142 or email her at sdiver(at)driveprestige(dot)com. More information about autism and ASD are available at http://www.autismspeaks.org/.
Event details for the Walk for Autism Speaks of Northern New Jersey are as follows:
Bergen Community College
400 Paramus Dr.
Paramus, NJ 07652
Schedule of Events - Sunday, May 19, 2013:
Registration/Check-In - 9:00 a.m.
Stage Performances - 9:00 a.m.
Walk Begins - 10:30 a.m.
About Prestige Lexus
Prestige Lexus of Ramsey is an authorized Lexus dealership that provides areas of New Jersey and New York with quality Lexus vehicles, service, and parts. Thanks to the friendly, knowledgeable staff at Prestige Lexus, thousands of local car shoppers have become proud Lexus owners and lessees. Prestige Lexus is owned by Prestige, one of the largest automotive dealership entities in the United States.
About Autism Speaks
Autism Speaks was founded in February 2005 by Bob and Suzanne Wright, grandparents of a child with autism. Their longtime friend Bernie Marcus donated $25 million to help financially launch the organization. Since then, Autism Speaks has grown into the world's leading autism science and advocacy organization, dedicated to funding research into the causes, prevention, treatments and a cure for autism; increasing awareness of autism spectrum disorders; and advocating for the needs of individuals with autism and their families.