The Tourette Association of America’s southern California chapter, the premier national non-profit organization serving the Tourette syndrome (TS) and tic disorder community, will host a family picnic and 5K walk at Heartwell Park in honor of Tourette Awareness Month on Sunday May 20th. The event coincides with the National Walk/Run taking place in New York City on May 20th.
The event is being co-organized by local Girl Scout troop #4183 who have worked hard in preparing for the event including setting up the walk and organizing the path and awareness signs that will line the route. In recognition of the chapter and troops great work, the city of Long Beach, California will be surprising the Girl Scout Troop with a proclamation announcing May 20th as Tourette Awareness Day in Long Beach at the event.
The event will feature a family picnic from 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. followed by the awareness walk. There will be special prizes and giveaways, the TS Awareness wall, a “Teal 4 Tourette’s” selfie spot and local vendors.
The Southern California chapter represents more than 800 people who are affected by Tourette Syndrome. “Having the city of Long Beach recognize this day as Tourette Awareness Day is truly a testament to the great work or chapter, the national organization and the Girl Scout troop has done to raise awareness for this often misunderstood disorder,” shared Southern California chapter Executive Director, Janine Tejeda
About Tourette syndrome and Tics
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 TS and other Tic Disorders, approaches to care are inconsistent, medications are often ineffective and there is no cure.
About the Tourette Association of America
Founded in 1972, the TAA is dedicated to making life better for all individuals affected by Tourette and Tic Disorders. The premier nationwide organization serving this community, the Association works to raise awareness, advance research and provide on-going support. The TAA directs a network of 32 Chapters and support groups across the country. For more information on Tourette and Tic Disorders, call 1-888-4-TOURET and visit us at tourette.org, and on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.
This article was a courtesy release.