Proceeds from community race support Union County chapter
Wesley Chapel residents raised $4,500 for the Union County chapter of the Autism Society of North Carolina.
Last fall, a 5k race was organized and sponsored by Anytime Fitness and Kinetic Spine and Sports. The two Wesley Chapel-based organizations presented a check of $4,500 to the Autism Society on Monday, Jan. 16.
“This is huge for us,” Jennifer Fabrizio, treasurer for Union County ASNC, said.
Chiropractic physician Dr. Daniel Danieley of Kinetic Spine & Sports and Anytime Fitness club owner David Pohorence collaborated in October to host the first inaugural 5K family walk to raise money for Union County ASNC.
“We wanted to do something that hasn’t been done before in this community,” Danieley said. “Autism is relatively new to our society, and we wanted to (raise) awareness of it.”
Although they fell slightly short of the $5,000 goal, Danieley and Pohorence said they were more than pleased with the outcome of the race. While the first inaugural year of anything is always difficult, “the fact that we were that close (to our goal) in these economic times is very satisfying,” Pohorence said.
The ASNC is a nonprofit organization that connects those living with autism and their caregivers with support, information and resources to meet their needs. The group gives all funds raised to teachers of autistic children and local families wishing to send their children to special camps for those living with autism.
“Even if you have money, you can’t do everything you need to support your child,” Fabrizio said. “We’re very focused on supporting the families. Everything we raise in our chapter stays here.”
Danieley and Pohorence said they are already looking ahead to this fall’s race. The two sponsors are juggling several dates to make sure the 5K doesn’t coincide with any other major races in the area. “We want to keep it around the same time,” Danieley said. “Fall is a nice time to run, and our goal is to encompass the community.”
The ASNC will host an intervention workshop on Saturday, Feb. 25 at 9 a.m. at the Hampton Inn in Monroe. The event is open to families of children with autism as well as anyone wishing to learn more about the condition. For more information about the event or about autism, visit www.unioncounty-autism.com.