Memphis Softball Walking to Raise Awareness for Autism on November 2nd
Oct. 30, 2013
For University of Memphis senior softball player Libby Goranson, life seemed normal growing up. She didn't know any different; she didn't know that her younger brother was living with a disorder that seems all too common in society, autism.
"There was never a dull moment though," Goranson said. "There was always something going on."
This disorder her brother struggles with has sparked a passion within Goranson to take a stand and promote awareness for those struggling with autism every day.
On Saturday, November 2nd, the Walk Now for Autism Speaks takes place in the Memphis community and Goranson and her teammates are excited to attend. The walk and 5K Fun Run begins at noon at Hope Presbyterian Church in Cordova, Tenn.
"It is really meaningful because I really want to get them involved," Goranson says. "I think it is a good thing that you have someone close to heart that you are participating for; it means just a little bit more when you know the person it is affecting."
The Tigers have a goal to raise $1,000 for Autism research with the walk/run. Donations toward the team's goal can be made by CLICKING HERE.
Autism Speaks is dedicated to increasing awareness of autism spectrum disorders, to funding research into the causes, prevention and treatments for autism, and to advocating for the needs of individuals with autism and their families. It was founded in February 2005 by Suzanne and Bob Wright, the grandparents of a child with autism. Bob Wright is Senior Advisor at Lee Equity Partners and served as vice chairman, General Electric, and chief executive officer of NBC for more than 20 years. To learn more about Autism Speaks, please visit www.autismspeaks.org.
The Walk Now for Autism Speaks brings together hundreds of thousands of participants annually across the United States and Canada with a common goal of supporting Autism Speaks. Powered by volunteers and families with loved ones on the autism spectrum, this successful grassroots fundraising effort not only generates vital funds for autism research but also raises awareness about the increasing prevalence of autism and the need for increased research funding to combat the complex disorder.
The Walk Now for Autism Speaks is just one way the Memphis softball team is getting involved within the community and autism awareness. Goranson and her teammates plan to do great things in the 2014 spring softball season on and off the field for autism awareness.