The first NJ Walks for TS advocacy event in South Jersey has a champion in Congressman Donald Norcross (D-1) who will serve on the event’s Honorary Committee.
NJ Walks for TS at Medford Lakes will take place on Sunday, Sept. 20 at Beach 1/Upper Aetna Lake. It’s an offshoot of the highly successful NJ Walks for TS at Mendham which began in 2010 to support the work of the NJ Center for Tourette Syndrome and Associated Disorders (NJCTS). NJ Walks for TS was started by kids, for kids; in fact, the impetus behind bringing this event to South Jersey is the Heicklen family who want to raise awareness and support for the thousands of kids and families living with TS.
Tourette Syndrome (TS) is a neurological disorder characterized by involuntary vocal or muscle movements known as tics. TS is frequently accompanied by ADHD, obsessive-compulsive disorder, anxiety, depression or learning disorders. As many as 1 in 100 people show signs of TS, however, the disorder often remains misunderstood and misdiagnosed. Proceeds from NJ Walks for TS will benefit the NJCTS Education Outreach Programs which deliver outreach to healthcare professionals, educators, and students across the state.
“Congressman Norcross’s support means so much to the families and professionals we serve, said NJCTS Executive Director Faith W. Rice. “We’re grateful for his commitment to raising awareness of this important advocacy event.”
“Tourette Syndrome is a serious disorder affecting people of all ages across South Jersey,” said Rep. Donald Norcross. “Tourette Syndrome causes quality of life issues for those individuals and their caretakers. That’s why I’m working to improve research efforts and help us better understand, control, and treat the disorder.”
NJ Walks for TS at Medford Lakes will feature activities for families, music and an atmosphere of acceptance for all ages. Registration is $25. Donations will be accepted online for individuals and teams-regardless of event attendance. Sponsorships are still available for corporations, small businesses and individuals by calling 908-575-7350. For more information about NJ Walks for TS, visit www.njcts.org/walk. For more information about Tourette Syndrome and the work of NJCTS, visit www.njcts.org.