Color Run to Benefit Augusta Levy Center

Augusta Levy Learning Center is hosting its second annual color run to increase autism awareness and to raise much-needed scholarship support for local children with autism. The inaugural event last year was Wheeling’s first-ever color run and attracted 1,100 participants.

The Color Me AU-some 5K walk and run course incorporates one of the city’s oldest and most recognizable landmarks, the Wheeling Suspension Bridge. The course starts at the Wheeling waterfront, goes south to 21st Street, up Market Street, to 10th Street, across the Suspension Bridge, around the Wheeling Island, back across the Suspension Bridge and down Main Street returning to the waterfront. After participants have crossed the finish line, they can head down to the waterfront where there will be refreshments, door prizes, music by DJ Kyle Mac and an awards ceremony.

The event is a fun experience where participants are covered, coated, swathed and plastered with dry tempera paint powder at stations throughout the course. The run and walk begin at 8:30 a.m. Packet pick-up will be available from 4-7 p.m. Friday, June 12, and 7-8 a.m. Saturday, June 13, at Heritage Port. To register, go to AugustaLevyLearning Center.org

Participants are encouraged to wear white to fully engage in the “color me” process.

Every 15 minutes, another family receives the devastating news that their child has an autism spectrum disorder. Autism is a complex neurodevelopmental disorder that inhibits a person’s ability to communicate and develop social relationships and is often accompanied by extreme behavioral challenges. Autism spectrum disorders are diagnosed in one in every 68 children, affecting almost five times as many boys as girls, according to information from Augusta Levy. The diagnosis of autism has increased tenfold in the last decade. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have called autism a national public health crisis whose cause and cure remain unknown.

Yet, treatment is available. Applied Behavior Analysis is the best-known and most widely researched evidence-based treatment for children with autism. ABA can improve the socialization, language, and cognitive skills of children with autism while reducing self-injurious, aggressive, and disruptive behaviors.

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