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Ride for Autism rolls on Saturday

Actor Dean McDermott named Grand Marhsall of motorcycle ride/fundraiser

By Larry UrishPublished: August 07, 2009

The second annual Ride for Autism, which brings together motorcycle enthusiasts from all walks of life to help fund the fight against a disorder that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention calls “a national public health crisis,” will hit the streets in Los Angeles on Saturday, Aug. 8 and wind up at Original Mike’s in Santa Ana. The Landmark restaurant/bar will host a post-ride buffet and raffle.

Actor Dean McDermott, an avid biker and the star of “Tori and Dean” Home Sweet Hollywood,” will serve as Grand Marshall of the event.

Last year, the inaugural Ride for Autism raised more than $50,000. This year, volunteers who organize the event hope to attract more than 900 riders and raise in excess of $100,000. This year's beneficiaries include Autism Speaks, Autism Society of America - Long Beach/San Gabriel Valley and Los Angeles Chapters and Talk About Curing Autism (TACA).

Autism is a complex neurological disorder that inhibits a person's ability to communicate and develop social relationships. The prevalence of autism, which to date has no known cure, has increased tenfold in the past decade, with autism spectrum disorders affecting one in every 150 children in the U.S.  Many of these children require a multitude of resources that provide intensive care, extensive therapies and special education. 

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