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Ruth Sullivan Rally for Autism 5K Walk/Run set for April

The annual Ruth Sullivan Rally for Autism 5K Walk/Run is set for Saturday, April 27, at Ritter Park in Huntington. The West Virginia Autism Training Center, which is housed at Marshall University, is one of the organizers for the event.

Named after the pioneering autism advocate, Dr. Ruth C. Sullivan, the rally is meant as a beacon of hope and inclusivity for individuals with autism and their loved ones. Sullivan, a trailblazer in the field of autism advocacy, dedicated her life to improving the quality of life for those affected by autism.

The event is aimed as a call to action to build a more inclusive society where individuals can be embraced for who they are and given the support they need to thrive. It features activities that cater to all ages and interests, including face painting, sensory-friendly areas, information stations and specials from corporate sponsors. Funds raised from registrations and donations help The West Virginia Autism Training Center, Autism Services Center (ASC) and The Autism Society provide vital services to people with autism, as well as their families and caregivers.

Early event registration is $25, with race day registration set for $30, beginning at 7:30 a.m. at the Ritter Park picnic shelters. Participants who register will receive a t-shirt. The race begins at the Ritter Park picnic shelters at 9 a.m., following the park’s path to the Memorial Arch, then returns to the picnic shelters.

For more information, to learn about sponsorship opportunities or to get involved, contact Rally Coordinator Whitney Lawson at 304-696-2841. To register for the 5K, click here.

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