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autismspeakss2016November 1, 2016

Autism Speaks Walk Raises $875,000

Tempe, Ariz.—On Sunday, October 23, more than 20,000 people from across the state gathered at Tempe Beach Park in support of the Autism Speaks Walk in Partnership with SARRC.  The annual event raised an estimated $875,000 that will go toward supporting autism programs and research. Half of all monies raised during the walk will stay in Arizona. It was the state’s largest annual autism awareness event.

“One in every 68 children are diagnosed with autism so this is a health issue that impacts many families here in the Valley and nationwide,” said Dr. Daniel Openden, SARRC’s president and CEO. “Events like the Autism Speaks Walk not only promote awareness about autism spectrum disorders but also raise funds for critical research and programs for those impacted by autism. SARRC would like to thank all of those who supported the event, especially our many sponsors and supporters who raised funds.”

“Although I served as the 2013 Autism Speaks Walk chairman, I continue to support this effort each year because autism awareness and programs are critical to the health of Arizona children,” said Derek Greene, founder of Get Your Move On and the 2016 Autism Speaks Walk logistics chair. “My son has autism and we are very grateful to organizations like SARRC for all of the support they provide.  That’s why we put a walk team together and supply all of the event storage, moving and set up for the event every year.  We are highly committed to this cause.”

Dr. Openden added that, because of the surge in research, awareness and programs geared toward autism, there is a lot of hope within the diagnosis. “Early treatment and intervention is important when it comes to autism; everyone, especially parents and caregivers, should know what the signs are,” he said.

In addition to a 1-mile and 5K walk at the event, there was also a resource fair for attendees.  Sprouts, MC Companies, 3TV, Arizona Ford Dealers, Get Your Move On and Silver Tree Special Needs Planning were some of the event’s sponsors.

Photos from the 2016 Autism Speaks Walk (with identification) are available here.

Learn more about the signs and symptoms of autism here.

More information on Get Your Move On’s support of Autism Speaks Walk is available here.

An interview with Derek Greene and additional high-resolution images from the event are available upon request.


About Autism Speaks
Autism Speaks is dedicated to promoting solutions, across the spectrum and throughout the lifespan, for the needs of individuals with autism and their families through advocacy and support; increasing understanding and acceptance of autism spectrum disorder; and advancing research into causes and better interventions for autism spectrum disorder and related conditions. For more information:

Established in 1997, the Southwest Autism Research & Resource Center (SARRC) is an internationally recognized, community-based, nonprofit organization dedicated to autism research, education, evidence-based treatment and community outreach.  SARRC is one of the only autism organizations in the world that provides a lifetime of services for individuals and their families while conducting cutting-edge research.  For more information about SARRC, go to

About Get Your Move On
Get Your Move On is a family-owned and operated, full-service moving company, which also offers storage and delivery services.  The company, based in the Phoenix area and serving all of Arizona, was founded by Derek Greene in 2005.  For more information, visit


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