Bowlers spare no strikes against autism

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ROCKINGHAM — Funds raised MONDAYnight at the Strike Out Autism will be used exclusively for children in Richmond County with Autism.

The chapter works hard to raise funds each year to send an autistic child or young adult to Camp Royall located in Moncure, N.C.  Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is the second most common developmental disability following intellectual disability. ASD is more common than childhood cancer, cystic fibrosis, and multiple sclerosis combined. It is estimated that up to 1 out of every 68 children born today has some form of ASD. Evidence suggests that the prevalence rate in North Carolina is even higher than the national average, at 1 in 58.

Since 1972, the Autism Society of North Carolina has provided summer camp recreational opportunities for individuals with autism. In 1997, the Autism Society of North Carolina opened Camp Royall, a 133-acre facility located near Pittsboro.

Camp Royall now houses the nation’s oldest and largest summer camp program for people on the autism spectrum, year-round programs, and a wide variety of other functions and services throughout the year. In 2012, over 1,100 people participated in programming through Camp Royall.

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The cost to send one child to camp is $1,700.

The camp wishes to thank everyone who came out and donated to such a wonderful cause. The Richmond County chapter was recently awarded grants from: Rockingham Rotary and  Highway 55.

If you would like to make a donation to the Chapter or you know someone who is affected by Autism, we encourage you to contact chapter leader Angela Clifton at 910-995-8211 to learn more about the Richmond County Chapter.

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