APEX, NC – (May 3, 2013) – In honor of her son Nicholas, Kristina Graham of Holly Springs is coordinating the first Raleigh 5K Fun Run/Walk for Children with Apraxia of Speech event on Saturday, June 1, in American Tobacco Trail. To date, 70 participants have registered for the upcoming Run/Walk that has already raised nearly $3000 with all proceeds benefitting important programs and research of the Childhood Apraxia of Speech Association of North America (CASANA).
Childhood Apraxia of Speech (CAS) is a very challenging and complicated neurological speech disorder in children. This little known disorder makes it difficult or impossible for children to accurately produce sounds, syllables, and/or words despite having a good understanding of language. The Walk for Children with Apraxia of Speech is held as a means to heighten awareness and funding.
“We are hosting this event to promote awareness, raise funds for research and programs through CASANA, and share struggles and triumphs with other families,” said Graham. “Nicholas was diagnosed with CAS at an early age and struggled to communicate verbally. Through hard work, a relentless support network, and a talented, caring speech therapist, Nicholas is thriving and continues to make unbelievable strides in speech.”
The first Raleigh 5K Fun Run/Walk for Children with Apraxia of Speech is open to all adults and children. On-site registration and check-in begins at 7:45 AM, with the Walk starting promptly at 8:15 AM. Anyone interested in participating should contact Graham at firstname.lastname@example.org OR visit the website at http://secure.apraxia-kids.org/raleighwalk for more information, to register, or to make a donation.
The Childhood Apraxia of Speech Association of North America (CASANA), based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and founded in 2000, is the only national 501(c)3 non-profit public charity exclusively dedicated to the needs and interests of children with apraxia of speech and their families. CASANA’s mission is to improve the systems of support in the lives of children with apraxia so that each child is afforded their best opportunity to develop speech. CASANA supports this mission by promoting awareness through Walks held all over North America; providing high quality information and support through the Apraxia-KIDS website and online communities; conducting multiple educational events; and funding apraxia research. For more information on CASANA and Childhood Apraxia of Speech, visit the Apraxia-KIDS website at http://www.apraxia-kids.org.
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