WALL TWP., NJ—Assemblyman Sean Kean (R-30) has joined the Honorary Committee of the first 5K walk and family fun run in the region to benefit local children and families with Tourette Syndrome.
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, of Burlington County, who aim 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 will benefit the Education Outreach Programs of NJCTS which deliver outreach to healthcare professionals, educators, and students across the state.
“Having legislators like Assemblyman Kean support this effort means so much to the children and families we serve in South Jersey and across the state,” said NJCTS Executive Director Faith W. Rice.
NJ Walks for TS at Medford Lakes will feature activities for families, music, and an atmosphere of acceptance for all ages. Registration is $22.50 now through August 31st, after then it will be $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 Tourette Syndrome and the work of NJCTS, visit www.njcts.org.