East Charlotte Nissan Supports Autism Speaks

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – East Charlotte Nissan is completing a month-long campaign to raise money for Autism Speaks, donating $50 from every new car deal to the national organization. The dealership is also the Presenting Sponsor of the 11th annual Greater Charlotte Walk Now For Autism Speaks event to be held on Saturday, September 28.

East Charlotte Nissan and Autism Speaks partnered with local Mecklenburg County schools to create puzzle pieces featuring student artwork. Students from kindergarten through grade 12 participated, creating unique designs to be displayed at the East Charlotte Nissan booth at the Walk Now for Autsim Speaks event on September 28. The dealership will also bring Autism Speaks-branded cars to the event, each featuring decals of the iconic puzzle piece and organization logos.

“We urge everyone to join the walk on September 28 and help support Autism Speaks,” said Spencer Lueders, General Sales Manager at East Charlotte Nissan. “Autism affects so many people, including many families in our community. Thank you to everyone for helping us grow this event and raise awareness in our area.”

As a culmination of the campaign, East Charlotte Nissan will participate in the Walk Now for Autism Speaks event. Thousands of walkers – including individuals with autism, their families and friends – will join together to walk at the Walk Now for Autism Speaks event to raise much-needed funds for critical scientific research, advocacy efforts, family services and to increase awareness about autism spectrum disorder, which is now diagnosed in 1 in 88 children, including 1 in 54 boys. North Carolina has even has even higher stats at 1 in 70 children. All proceeds from the event support the local and national work for Autism Speaks.

Walk Now for Autism is a unique fundraising event, which creates a safe and fun day for families who are impacted by autism. The day includes a 2 to 3-mile Walk and a Community Resource fair with educational sources, therapists, schools, recreational organizations, and creative child-friendly activities including pumpkin painting and an interactive train set, a true “one-stop-shop” for families affected by autism.

Autism is a general term used to describe a group of complex developmental brain disorders – autism spectrum disorders – caused by a combination of genes and environmental influences. These disorders are characterized, by varying degrees, by social and behavioral challenges, as well as repetitive behaviors. An estimated 1 in 88 children in the U.S. and 1 in 70 in NC are on the autism spectrum – a 78 percent increase in six years that is only partly explained by improved diagnosis. For more information about the Greater Charlotte Walk Now for Autism Speaks, please contact carolinas@autismspeaks.org or (704)561-0003. To learn more about Autism Speaks, please visit www.autismspeaks.org.