Join us in making a difference with every mile!
Are you unable to make it to one of our Team Tourette events? Do you live too far from our current 5K Run/Walk site? The Tourette Association’s Virtual Awareness Walk was created so that you can participate no matter where you are or what your schedule may be! Join us in walking and fundraising to support research, foster awareness and provide programs that will benefit all people affected by Tourette Syndrome and Tic Disorders!
Our National 5K Run/Walk will be taking place on Sunday, May 19, 2019. If possible we would love to have everyone hold their events on the same day to truly take our National Awareness to the next level!
If you cannot host your walk on May 19th, you can choose a date, time and location that works best for you! Consider a local park, school, gym, track, or your neighborhood. You will receive instructions on how to set up your fundraising page once you register. Share your page on social media and through email asking friends and family to support you in reaching your fundraising goal. Then walk or run in your community on the date you've selected and spread Tourette Awareness!
You can do this by yourself, with friends, or as a large group. You will be able to create a team and invite people to join you if you choose. Just be sure to wear plenty of teal to show your support and spread awareness of our mission! Each person who registers will receive an official Team Tourette t-shirt via postal mail.
- Adult Registration (Age 18+) -- $25
- Child Registration (Age 17 and under) -- $20
- Senior Registration (Age 65+) -- $20
To learn more about National Walks or Awareness Walk set up, please contact Evyennia Kontoulis at Evy.Kontoulis@tourette.org.
Tourette Syndrome is part of a spectrum of hereditary, childhood-onset, neurodevelopmental conditions referred to as Tic Disorders. These conditions affect both children and adults, causing them to make sudden, uncontrollable movements and/or sounds called tics (e.g. head bobbing, arm jerking, shoulder shrugging and grunting). Non-tic features, such as Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and learning difficulties, often develop in affected individuals. Symptoms in Tic Disorders can range from mild to severe and, in some cases, can be self-injurious, debilitating and markedly reduce quality of life.
While some treatments are available for people with Tourette Syndrome and other Tic Disorders, approaches to care are inconsistent and medications are often ineffective.