Celebrity Apprentice star and Actress Holly Robinson Peete signs copies of her book "Not My Boy" Saturday 4/24/2010 at the LA Autism Walk. Photos by Andrew Bernstein
L.A. Autism Walk Raises 1.14 Million
Walk Now for Autism Speaks at Pasadena Rose Bowl
Thousands united for autism at the 8th annual Los Angeles Walk Now for Autism Speaks at the Pasadena Rose Bowl, Saturday, April 24.Powered by volunteers and families with loved ones on the autism spectrum, this fundraising effort generates vital funds for autism research, awareness and family services. Autism is the fastest-growing serious developmental disorder, with 1% of the population affected.Celebrity walk attendees included: Rodney Peete: former USC quarterback and NFL player, author of Not My Boy!; Holly Robinson Peete: actress, co-author of My Brother Charlie and Autism, Speaks National Board Member; James Denton, star of ABC's Desperate Housewives; and Ryan Wynott, star of ABC's Flash Forward. ABC7 morning news anchor Phillip Palmer once again served as the Master of Ceremonies. The 8th annual Walk Now for Autism Speaks 2010 event will take place April 24, 2010 in Pasadena. Last year's walk hosted 17,000 people and raised 1.27M at the Pasadena Rose Bowl. Walk Now for Autism Speaks is North America's largest grassroots autism walk. www.walknowforautism.org or 323-549-0500 x765.Autism Speaks is the world's largest autism advocacy organization, increasing awareness of autism spectrum disorders, funding research into the causes, prevention and treatments for autism, and advocating for the needs of individuals with autism and their families. www.autismspeaks.org.According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC), autism now affects 1% or 1 in every 110 American children, including 1 in 70 boys. Autism is a complex condition that affects a person's ability to communicate and develop social relationships, and is often accompanied by behavioral challenges.