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Cyclist Completes 1,800 Miles in Solo Trek for Autism

Published: Jun 07, 2012 12:10 PM EDT

Bike Ride Raised Awareness and nearly $10,000 for Eden Autism Services

 

 (Fort Myers, Fla, June 5, 2012) On Sunday, May 27, Princeton, New Jersey resident John LaBosco completed his 1,800 mile journey up the East coast to raise money and awareness for Eden Autism Services, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to improving the lives of children and adults with autism and their families. 

The ride began at Eden’s Ft. Myers School on Monday, April 23rd, with a send-off ceremony including Eden students, staff, parents and local dignitaries, and concluded at Eden’s Princeton, New Jersey Education and Outreach Center.

With locations in Southwest Florida and Princeton, New Jersey, Eden Autism Services' mission is to improve the lives of children and adults with autism and support their families by providing a range of community based services to meet specific needs throughout the lifespan.  In Southwest Florida these services include K-12 schools in Fort Myers and Naples, clinical services, consultations and community training, and adult residential, vocational training and employment services.   

LaBosco, a former Eden employee who worked in Eden’s adult residential program is an avid cyclist and outdoorsman.    He has raised nearly $10,000 through donations and sponsorships.  “I want to thank everyone who has supported me throughout my journey,” said LaBosco.  “It was quite an experience for me personally, but more importantly, I am delighted to have had the opportunity to share Eden’s mission and increase autism awareness, as well as raise some money.   I have seen first-hand the impact Eden has on our children and adults with autism and their families.  Economic times are tough and for Eden to continue to provide critical services for individuals with autism, additional funding is needed.” 

 “Autism now affects 1 in 88 children,” said Susan Suarez, Director of Eden Autism Services Florida Operations.  John’s ride raised community awareness of autism and funds to help support our mission.” 

Contributions are still being accepted at www.rideforeden.org and donors of $50 or more will receive a Ride for Eden t-shirt.   All donations are tax-deductible.

For more information about Eden Autism Services go to www.edenflorida.org or call 239-992-4680 ext. 5010.

 

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About Eden Autism Services

Eden Autism Services Florida was founded in 1996 to address the state’s growing need for specialized services for children and adults with autism and their families.  Eden Autism Services' mission is to improve the lives of children and adults with autism and provide support to their families by providing a range of community based services to meet specific needs throughout the lifespan.  These services include K-12 schools in Fort Myers and Naples, clinical services, consultations and community training, and adult residential, vocational training and employment services.    For more information, about Eden Florida, contact Susan Suarez at 239-992-4680, ext. 5010 or Susan.Suarez@edenautism.org.

About Autism

Autism is a complex neurobiological disorder that inhibits a person's ability to communicate and develop social relationships, and is often accompanied by behavioral challenges. Autism spectrum disorders are diagnosed in one in 88 children in the United States, and one in 54 boys. The prevalence of autism has increased 600 percent in the past two decades. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have called autism a national public health crisis whose cause and cure remain unknown.

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