Event to benefit autism research scheduled Saturday
by DELANEY WALKER Banner Staff Writer
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BACK IN MOTION Chiropractic will host the first 5K Run/Walk For Autism, on Saturday at Westwood Baptist Church. Banner photo, DELANEY WALKER
BACK IN MOTION Chiropractic will host the first 5K Run/Walk For Autism, on Saturday at Westwood Baptist Church. Banner photo, DELANEY WALKER
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The 5K Run/Walk for Autism hosted by Back in Motion Chiropractic will take place Saturday at Westwood Baptist Church.

Registration will begin at 8 a.m. The Run/Walk is set to start at 9:30. There will be a $35 registration fee.

Event organizer Whitney Cannon said she wanted to find a way to “pay it forward.” She chose to benefit the local autism community because she felt those services do not receive as much support as others.

According to Autism Speaks, autism spectrum disorder and autism are both, “complex disorders of brain development.” Both are often characterized by such behaviors as difficulties in social interaction, verbal and nonverbal communication and repetitive behaviors. There are no physical distinctions that set individuals with autism apart from those who are not on the spectrum.

Individuals with autism can fall anywhere on a scale from “severely challenged” to highly capable.

Research shows ASD is five times more prevalent in boys than girls. Overall, about 1 in 68 children have signs of ASD. Heightened awareness of the disorder revealed an increase in the number of individuals diagnosed with ASD.

Cannon said she hopes those who attend the run/walk for autism will take a moment to stop by the informational table manned by the Lee University Developmental Inclusion Classroom.

She explained all of the money raised through registration fees and donations will directly impact individuals in the community.

Sponsors who have stepped up alongside the 5K include: 

- Back in Motion Chiropractic

- Westwood Baptist Church

- Mix 104.1

- Cooke’s Food Store

- Town House Bakery

- Barker Enterprises

- Casa Amigo’s Mexican Restaurant

- Bramlett Home Improvement

- Crystal Geyser

- LUDIC School for Autism

- Coca-Cola

- Cleveland for Autism.

The first 100 participants will receive a goody bag. Drawings will take place throughout the event and include such goodies as a Cooke’s Food Store gift card and a one-hour massage.

More information can be found by calling Cannon at Back in Motion, 790-1425.