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Flossmoor Moms Team Up, Spin for Funds for Autism

Tricia Butcher and Katie Larocca will hold a spin-a-thon Friday, June 20 to raise funds Autism Speaks.

Flossmoor residents, Tricia Butcher and Katie Larocca met when their sons, both diagnosed with Autism, joined the same tennis group in 2010. Since that time, they have worked together to find opportunities for their sons, and all affected by Austim Spectrum Disorders. This year, they decided to host a fitness and fun event using indoor cycling bikes to raise awareness and funds for this disorder which now affects 1 in 68 children.

The 1st Annual Spin-a thon for Autism will be on Friday, June 20, from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Homewood-Flossmoor Racquet and Fitness Club. The event cost is $30 per half-hour ride and proceeds go to the Chicagoland Chapter of Autism Speaks.

The event will feature a fun, three-hour ride broken into six, half-hour legs. This is a fitness and family event, non cyclists welcome. All registered riders get a free t-shirt, snacks and refreshments.

Autism Speaks is an autism advocacy organization in the United States that sponsors autism research and conducts awareness and outreach activities aimed at families, governments, and the public.

For tickets, click here. For questions, or more information, contact Tricia Butcher at triciab10@gmail.com.

Genvieve LaChappele June 16, 2014 at 10:34 PM
Nice job ladies! Making a difference!
Lynn June 17, 2014 at 07:19 AM
Good idea! Too bad it is not on Saturday so more people could participate tho!
Marie Grass Amenta June 17, 2014 at 12:05 PM
Great idea, Tricia and Katie! I was so happy to see the PR for this in downtown Flossmoor! As a long time autism advocate and parent to a young man (he's 34) with autism, it is good to see our fight being continued with another generation....there's much still to do and much need for awareness. Keep fighting the good fight and much success for this event.... I wish you luck and contact me if you want to talk.

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