Washington Capitals goaltender Olie Kolzig helped kick off Cure Autism Now’s (CAN) inaugural WALK NOW Baltimore/Washington, D.C., event Oct. 15 at FedEx Field in Landover, Md. WALK NOW Baltimore/Washington, D.C., is a 5K family walk and community resource fair. The resource fair included educational resources, therapists, schools, recreational organizations and creative, child-friendly activities.
Kolzig joined B.J. Surhoff of the Baltimore Orioles and Congressman Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) in welcoming and thanking the crowd of thousands for participating in the event. The inaugural walk made almost $500,000 for Cure Autism Now and organizers hope to double that amount next year.
“It’s great to see this outpouring of support for a cause that means so much to me,” said Kolzig. “I’m glad I was able to come out and personally thank everyone.”
As a father of a child with autism, Kolzig has been extremely active in this cause, recently founding Athletes Against Autism (Triple A). Triple A is an initiative of the Cure Autism Now Foundation that raises awareness and funds for autism research, treatment and education programs.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one in 166 children born today will be eventually diagnosed with autism, a neurological disorder that affects a person’s ability to communicate and relate to others. Founded in 1995 by parents, clinicians and leading scientists, Cure Autism Now is dedicated to finding the causes, effective treatments, prevention and a cure for autism and related disorders. Cure Autism Now has committed more than $25 million to research and treatments since its inception.
To donate or for more information on Athletes Against Autism or Cure Autism Now, please go to www.athletesagainstautism.org