Step Up Walk-a-Thon and a Metuchen Mom's Active Commitment

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The Step Up Walk-A-Thon is an annual fundraiser, the proceeds from which are used to fund Arc's programs for people with development disabilities. With groups  of happy, smiling people, some  in costumes, parading a route surrounded by fun booths and music pumping through the morning  air, the walk-a-thon has the feeling of a street fair more than a fundraiser for a serious cause. On May 16, at Roosevelt Park in Edison, the walk takes place again, the walk itself beginning at 10AM. Since 1999, The Arc of Middlesex County also raises funds through The Page Turner at 170 Main Street (732-635-1546) selling mostly out-of-print books.


Rebecca Boucher, a Metuchen resident who has an 8-year-old daughter with Down syndrome attending Campbell School, started a support group for local families of children with Down syndrome, called Network 21, and also served as the group's president for about 5 years. "Non-profit agencies, like the Arc, provide much needed and hard to find services for people with disabilities. I chose to contribute my time and effort to The Arc of Middlesex, because as my daughter with Down syndrome grows older, the recreation and work programs they offer will become invaluable to her well-being."

Network 21 became affiliated with the Arc of Middlesex in 2005. The Arc of Middlesex county is part of both The Arc of NJ and The Arc of USA (created in 1949). Boucher joined the Arc of Middlesex board of directors in June of 2008.  Formed by parents of children with mental retardation, the agency continues to maintain close connections with families.  The Board of Directors consists mainly of parents, guardians and siblings of people with developmental disabilities.  


If you are interested in helping out at the Walk-a-thon, please call 732-821-1199 as either an individual or team, to sponsor a participant or to volunteer. Check out their website for more information on their local services.


The Arc of Middlesex County is a private, not-for-profit organization, established in 1949. The organization is dedicated to promoting equal life opportunities for people who have developmental disabilities.

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Nice Job Rebecca!

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