The walk will take place rain or shine on Saturday, November 3, and registration is $22.50 through Oct. 31. Just like the inaugural event in 2010 and last year’s successful second walk, all proceeds and donations will benefit the education outreach programs and services of NJCTS.
NJCTS is a statewide non-profit 501(c)(3) whose mission is to support the needs of children and families with TS, to advocate for individuals with TS and to educate the public and professionals on TS. That “for kids, by kids, about kids” mission spurred the launch of this event in 2010 with the help of Mendham resident Emily Carrara, who this June graduated from Mendham High School but still will remain a big part of the Mendham Walk.
Carrara collaborated with NJCTS in 2010 to create the Mendham Walk in part because her cousin, T.J. Stanley, a recent graduate of Ridge High School, has Tourette Syndrome – an often misdiagnosed, misunderstood, inherited neurological disorder that is a lot more common than most people think. As many as 1 in 100 kids have TS.
Last year’s event attracted hundreds of walkers, and NJCTS is hopeful even more will attend this year’s event – which will be an officially timed 5K family run/walk for the first time. To register for this year’s event, please visit http://www.active.com/