Incredibly, about 1/68 children today will be diagnosed with some form of autism or a related disability. We do not know what causes autism and no current cure exists. It costs a family between 3-5 million dollars over their child’s lifespan. Early intervention has also been shown to be a key component in the long-term growth and development of children who are on the autism spectrum.
The Tampa Interbay Rotary Club made the decision in 2008 to start a new event with the goal of helping support families with children who have been diagnosed with autism or a related disability. This event appeals to riders of all skill levels as you can ride 5 miles or 50 miles. Of course, no event is complete without an after party to celebrate the ride and support a great cause.
The Tampa Interbay Rotary Club has raised over $130,000 to support the Applied Behavior Analysis program as well as the Center for Autism and Related Disabilities at the University of South Florida. The proceeds of the event will be used to deliver education, services, and support to children and their families right here in Tampa.