On Monday, the New Jersey Center for Tourette Syndrome was highlighted by 101.5 FM’s popular “What’s So Great About the Garden State?” feature. Here is the written portion that accompanied the radio interview, as posted on the 101.5 FM website:
The New Jersey Center for Tourette Syndrome and Associated Disorders is working toward finding a cure for the neurological disorder. NJCTS was started in 2004, in part, because not a lot of resources were available to deal with Tourette.
“There really, to some degree, isn’t a a lot of resources to help people affected by Tourette these days,” said Jeff Weber, Communications Coordinator for NJCTS.
The disorder affects roughly 1 in 100 people, in some form, and is characterized by ticks – both motor and vocal.
“We’ve raised a profile of what Tourette Syndrome is (and), what it isn’t,” Weber said.
The group has grown to reach all corners of New Jersey and help many thousands of people along the way. Their resources include an in-school service program, a hospital initiative, support groups, webinars and much more.
They will hold their 4th annual NJ Walks for TS event on Saturday, November 23rd, at Borough Park in Mendham. Money raised from the event will go toward the aforementioned school program, which they bring to NJ schools to educate students and teachers about the syndrome and its effects.
“You don’t just have to be affected by Tourette Syndrome,” he said. “You don’t have to know someone with Tourette Syndrome. You just have to want to come out to raise awareness for a good cause and a cause that affects a lot more people than you’d think.”