Second Annual Alpha Xi Delta Autism Walk April 17

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., April 5, 2011 – The Alpha Xi Delta sorority at Southeast Missouri State University is hosting an Autism Walk to raise awareness about autism and funds in support of the sorority’s national philanthropy partner, Autism Speaks.

The walk is planned to start at 9:30 a.m. on Sunday, April 17.  Registration will begin at 8:30 a.m. The walk will begin at Capaha Park, across from Southeast Health on Broadway in Cape Girardeau, and will extend through the Southeast Missouri State University campus.

A barbeque will be held at the park following completion of the walk at 11:30 a.m. The walk is open to the public, and activities will be provided for children. All proceeds will go to benefit Autism Speaks.

Autism Speaks is the nation’s leading autism advocacy organization. Autism is the fastest growing developmental disorder, affecting one in 150 children born today. Despite the high prevalence and growing health care costs associated with caring for a child with autism, autism research received less than five percent of the research funding of other, less prevalent, childhood diseases. The Alpha Xi Delta Autism Walk will increase autism awareness and provide much needed funding for autism research and support programs.

To register for the event, visit http://www.walknowforautismspeaks.org/stlouis/gammanuaxid.For more information, contact Sarah Rinehart at sdrinehart1s@semo.edu.