Ride for Autism with Dean McDermott

The Los Angeles RIDE FOR AUTISM charitable organization, comprised of a 100% volunteer group, will be hosting their second annual motorcycle ride on Saturday, August 8, 2009. This exhilarating ride brings together motorcycle enthusiasts from all walks of life to cruise the streets of Los Angeles and Orange County to raise awareness and resources for families affected by autism

For the second year, the ride will kick off at 11 AM at Laidlaw’s Harley Davidson in Baldwin Park and end at Original Mike’s in Santa Ana. A buffet lunch and raffle will be held for all in attendance following the ride.

Dean McDermott, an avid motorcycle racer, actor and star of "Tori and Dean: Home Sweet Hollywood," currently airing on the Oxygen Network, has been named Grand Marshall of The Ride for Autism.

RIDE FOR AUTISM is making a difference. In 2008, the first annual motorcycle ride raised over $50,000. This year, the organization plans to attract over 900 riders while raising over $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 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have called autism a national public health crisis whose cause and cure remain unknown. The prevalence of autism has increased tenfold in the past decade, with autism spectrum disorders affecting one in every 150 children in the United States. Most of these children require a multitude of resources that may include intensive care, extensive therapies, and special education. More often than not, there simply aren’t enough resources to go around.

For additional information, including sponsorship opportunities, registration information and volunteering, visit www.rideforautism.org.