Stomp the Swamp for Autism

Filed under Athletic & Health, Events on April 9, 2012.

The University of Florida’s Center for Autism and Related Disabilities (CARD) and Student Government will hold their fourth annual Stomp the Swamp for Autism on Saturday, April 14, 2012 at 10 a.m.

The event is a great work out for a great cause. Participants can run/walk the steps or walk the inner loop at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium. Early bird registration is now available online at card.ufl.edu and available the day of the event beginning at 9 a.m. Participants can compete with teams or as individuals. There will be prizes for the winners and for the team with the most participants. Additionally, there will be a silent auction at the event featuring prizes from local businesses and Guy Harvey Inc. This event is family friendly, with activities for kids of all ages.

CARD has 1,800 individual clients, both children and adults, with autism and related disabilities and in 2010, provided direct individual assistance to more than 500 individuals locally.  According to the Center for Disease Control, 1 in every 70 boys will be diagnosed on the autism spectrum and 1 in every 110 children will be diagnosed on the autism spectrum.

Autism is more common than pediatric cancer, diabetes, and AIDS combined, yet receives far less funding than these other diseases. It is the fastest rising developmental disability in the United States. One doesn’t have to run to support the event. Donations are accepted and tax-deductible.

Learn more and view a special message from event chairs first lady Chris Machen atcard.ufl.edu