Cyclist to Ride 1,800 Miles in Solo Trek for Autism
Bike Ride to Raise Awareness and Funds for Eden Autism Services Kicks off in Fort Myers
(Fort Myers, Fla, April 17, 2012) On Monday, April 23rd Princeton, New Jersey resident John LaBosco will begin 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 is estimated to take six weeks and will begin at Eden’s Ft. Myers School at The First Presbyterian Church at 2438 2nd Street on 10:00 a.m. Monday, April 23rd, and will conclude at Eden’s Princeton location the last week of May. A send-off ceremony will include Eden students, staff and parents. The public is invited to attend.
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 hopes to raise a minimum of $25,000 through donations and sponsorships. “I have seen first-hand the impact Eden has on our participants and families.” said LaBosco. “Economic times are tough and for Eden to continue to provide critical services for individuals with autism, additional funding is needed. I combined my two passions to raise money for a place and people that I love and feel privileged to be a part of.”
“Autism now affects 1 in 88 children,” said Susan Suarez, Director of Eden Autism Services Florida Operations. John’s ride will raise community awareness of autism and funds to help support our mission.”
About Eden Autism Services
Founded in 1975, Eden Autism Services provides early intervention, education, employment training and residential services for children and adults with autism. Eden offers both in-person and online support and training programs for families and professionals. Recognized nationally, Eden is headquartered in Princeton, NJ. For more information about Eden visit www.edenautism.org or call (609) 987-0099.
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.
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.