November 05, 2013 // Franchising.com // Melbourne FL - On October 27, 2013, Staten Island area Kinderdance franchisee, Doris Velez joined together with more than 3000 walkers to take part in the Staten Island Walk Now for Autism Speaks at the College of Staten Island. The walk is one of many organized nationally throughout the month of October, takes on a very personal meaning for Kinderdance franchisee Doris Velez. She and her family know all too well the challenges that families face when they receive the news that their child has an autism spectrum disorder. Her son, Matthew, was diagnosed with autism in 2006.
"To receive a diagnosis of autism is devastating for just about anyone, but to learn that it is affecting someone you love – someone so young – can be overwhelming," recalled Ms. Velez. "But when you see all of these people come together each year to join Walk Now for Autism Speaks in an effort to fund research and increase awareness for serious developmental disorders like autism, it brings hope to so many hearts. We truly feel we can help as long as we work together. My husband and I are so proud to walk each year with Matthew by our sides." This year Kinderdance franchisee Doris Velez served on the walk committee. To date, the event has raised more than $285,000 in support for Autism Speaks’ mission to fund research, increase awareness and family services and advocate for individuals with autism and their families.
Doris Velez has been a Kinderdance franchisee since 2006, teaching children in Richmond County, New York.
Kinderdance® is a nationally recognized dance, gymnastics and fitness program for children age’s two to twelve. Their 130 Franchisees currently teach over 12,000 children weekly at over 800 various locations in 35 states and 8 countries.
Kinderdance® places emphasis on building self-confidence and self-esteem in children through learning to share, lead, interact and respond to others’ needs as well as their own. The programs incorporate the arts, movement, education, music, fitness and the fun of learning into a young child’s life and helping in the worldwide fight against childhood obesity.
The company offers the educational movement programs on site to child-care centers, recreational centers, churches, fitness centers, corporate child care, community centers, military bases, public and private schools and may other viable locations.
For more information on Kinderdance® please contact Richard Maltese at
800-554-2334 or visit their website at www.kinderdance.com.
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