Friday, September 09, 2011

Hayden's Walk for Autism set for Sept. 17.

Awareness raising walk to kick off at Kohl's in Milton.

MILTON, Ga., Sept. 9, 2011 - The Milton Disability Awareness Committee (MDAC) and Milton Grows Green (MGG) are proud to announce Hayden's Walk for Autism, an event to raise awareness and funds for Autism, will take place Saturday, Sept. 17 at 8 a.m. at Kohl's on Ga. 9 in Milton.

"This is precisely the type of event that allows people to make connections with each other in Milton, regardless of their ability level," said Neal O'Brien, chairman of MDAC. "Autism and spectrum disorders are very impactful to families and present tremendous challenges to everyone involved - so any chance we have to raise awareness, be involved and show support we are going to take."
Volunteers and participants from MDAC will join friends from another city-sponsored committee at the walk, MGG.

"Whether it is an Earth Day event, the Milton Roundup or a walk to benefit Autism awareness and fund raising, I am proud to support community events such as these," said Cindy Eade, Sustainability Coordinator for the city and MGG representative. "It is involvement with the community and support of our residents' passions and interests that make this a wonderful city in which to live, work and or play."

The walk is named for Milton resident Hayden Moore, a sophomore at Alpharetta High School. Moore, known as "Pudnum," his preferred nickname, was diagnosed with Autism at age 2. He has since become an advocate for Autism awareness, a journey that has taken him to the state capitol, television stations, and much more.

"Hayden is an amazing person, and he has changed our lives and the life of anyone who knows him,"
said Andre Moore, Hayden's father and organizer of the race. "He has such a unique loving and caring spirit." The walk is free; however, cash donations will be accepted for Autism Speaks, a national advocacy group. Tax deductible donations can also be made to Hayden's Walk for Autism.

Hayden's Walk for Autism is sponsored by Children's Healthcare of Atlanta, Springhill Suites Milton, Kicks 101.5 FM, Milton Grows Green, Walmart, CNN, Killer Creek Harley Davidson, Publix, CVS, Home Depot, Kohl's, The Atlanta Journal Constitution, Woltin Family Chiropractic, Alpharetta Raiders Football, Children's Therapy Works, The Bridge Inn, 94.5 Lake FM, Hopewell Middle School, the Milton Disability Awareness Committee, Champion Physical Therapy, Autism Speaks, Bethany Bend Urgent Care, Target, Lotus Vision and 11 Alive.

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