In the Fall, the cooler temperatures bring a large number of outdoor events to the Triangle area. Some of the most rewarding and memorable events are fundraisers for different charities and advocacy groups. Tis the season that many causes that are near and dear to our hearts host an event, such as a run or walk, to raise funds and awareness.

In the Triangle area of North Carolina, we are fortunate to have local chapters of many nationally known disorder advocacy groups. Most chapters of these organizations are not-for-profits that offer local programs and support for those affected by a particular disorder. Often funds raised locally have a local impact through the chapter; other times funds go towards the national goal of research for new treatments and a cure.

I highly encourage parents and families affected by a particular disorder participate in the fundraiser for their advocacy chapter. This type of event can help unite friends and family for a common cause, which in turn helps the affected family feel loved and supported. These outdoor events are usually kid-friendly and a lot of fun.

Here are some upcoming events to check out in the Triangle area:

Autism Society of North Carolina

Run/Walk for Autism, Kids Dash, 1-mile Fun Walk, 5K Run/Walk, Competitive 5K Run

October 8, 2016

Location: Halifax Mall, at 300 N. Salisbury St., in downtown Raleigh


Cystic Fibrosis Foundation

Cycle for Life, bike 30 or 45 miles

September 24, 2016

Location: Lafayette Village


Foundation of Hope – Benefitting Mental Illness Research and Treatment

Walk for Hope, 10K, 5K, or 1-mile Family Nature Hike

Sunday, October 9, 2016

Location: Angus Barn on Glenwood Ave.


United Cerebral Palsy

World CP Day

October 5, 2016

Location: Online Event


Triangle Down Syndrome Network, part of the National Down Syndrome Society

Buddy Walk

Sunday, October 9, 2016

Location: Sugg Farm in Holly Springs


Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF)

One Walk, 5K

October 22, 2016

Location: Walnut Creek Amphitheatre


There may be other events not listed here, so please check online for other options. We at All About Therapy for Kids hope you enjoy getting involved in helping out your local chapter!