The first NJ Walks for TS advocacy event in South Jersey has a champion in Assemblyman Troy Singleton (D-7) who will serve as chair of 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 will benefit the Education Outreach Programs of NJCTS which deliver outreach to healthcare professionals, educators, and students across the state.
“Assemblyman Singleton’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.”
“It is an honor to serve as Chair for the Honorary Committee for the first ever South Jersey walk for Tourette Syndrome,” said Assemblyman Singleton. “Tourette Syndrome affects thousands of children in our community every day. It is through events such as the NJ Walks for Tourette Syndrome in Medford Lakes that we can together, continue to spread awareness and stand up on behalf of those with Tourette Syndrome. I encourage everyone to join me on September 20th and support this great cause.”
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.