The 5th annual walk is raising funds for the NJCTS Education Outreach Program
SOMERVILLE, N.J. – When it comes to showing support for family and friends with Tourette Syndrome (TS), cold weather is not enough to deter the walkers , runners, and volunteers who have made the New Jersey Walks for TS at Mendham an annual tradition. Their presence in Mendham Borough Park on November 15th is a testament to the growing advocacy movement by the New Jersey Center for Tourette Syndrome and Associated Disorders (NJCTS).
Though the event is over, the fundraising mission will continue online through December 15th by visiting njcts.org.
“Each year, during the event, I’m approached by families and partners who say they are so inspired by the spirit of advocacy and self-empowerment shared at the event that they wish they could contribute more,” said NJCTS Executive Director Faith W. Rice, “That’s possible now, and we’re asking the people who believe in this event and this cause to continue to gather donations through December 15.”
Proceeds from the Walk benefit the NJCTS Education Outreach Program which aims to reach every teacher, student and healthcare provider in New Jersey and educate them about TS and its associated conditions including obsessive-compulsive disorder, attention-deficit disorder and other mental health conditions. NJCTS accomplishes this through school in-service workshops and assemblies to make the classroom a safer environment for a struggling student with TS; and hospital grand rounds and professional conference trainings to educate doctors, nurses and mental health professionals to diagnose and treat TS more effectively than ever.
In addition, the NJCTS Education Outreach Program identifies and develops a new generation of TS advocates. In addition to the nearly 200 walkers, runners and volunteers who came out to mark the day in Mendham, NJCTS wishes to thank the following sponsors and donors:
Highpoint Solutions, Oppenheimer Funds, James Concepcion, Atlantic Health System, Bernice Rydell van Steyn, New Jersey Natural Gas, Comcast of Southern New Jersey, B&H Consulting Services, The Frank Mastropaolo Fund of the Community Foundation, In Memory of Emilio Gianfrancesco, DCH Montclair Acura, Jeffrey DuBois, Giovanina Gianfrancesco, Jose Mendoza, Cedar Hill Prep School and Banasiak & Neptune Orthondontic Associates with additional donations from Shop Rite of Bernardsville, Whole Foods of Madison, Kings of Mendham, Elite Island Resorts Caribbean, Harvest Moon Brewery and Cafe, New Jersey Devils, Diggerland Adventure Park, Rob Wilson Photography, Spuntino Wine Bar, GoodWorks Band, and WDHA 105.5 FM.
For more information about NJ Walks for TS at Mendham, make a donation or see photos from the event, visit www.njcts.org.