Senator Johnson To Support 5k Run For Autism Awareness

Craig M. Johnson

May 24, 2007

MINEOLA -- Senator Craig M. Johnson, (D-Port Washington), is encouraging everyone to support the first-ever Jack's Run for Autism Awareness.

All proceeds from the 5K (or 3.1 mile) trek will benefit Nassau Suffolk Services for Autism (NSSA).

The June 9 event is the brainchild of Michael Miranda and his wife Ondine Sloan Miranda and named after their 12-year-old nephew Jack, who attends NSSA's Martin C. Barell School.

Autism is a neurological disorder affecting portions of the brain that control social interaction, communication, and cognitive development. One in every 166 children are born with this disorder, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

“These are our friends, neighbors and loved ones,” said Senator Johnson, who will be participating in the run. “I commend Mike and Ondine for spearheading this effort and bringing our community together for such an important cause.”

The run/ walk, which kicks off at 9:30 a.m., will begin and end in Wilson Park, between Roslyn Road and Glen Cove Road.

Registration for runners is $20 prior to June 6. Race Day registration will be $25 and take place between 7:45 a.m. and 9:15 a.m.

All pre-registrants will receive a T-shirt. Refreshments will be served and prizes will be awarded to the top 5 grossing pledges.

Sponsorship opportunities are available. More information can be found at, or by contacting Connie Grassle at or 631-462-0386 ext. 18.

Nassau Suffolk Services for Autism (NSSA) is a private, non-profit agency providing services to individuals with autism and their families. Programs currently offered by NSSA are: a twelve-month Education Program, the Martin C. Barell School; Respite Service Program; Consultation Services Program; Saturday Recreation Program, and Adult Services Program. NSSA is located at 80 Hauppauge Road, Commack, NY 11725. For further information call NSSA at 631-462-0386.

Senator Johnson represents the 7th Senate District, which comprises all of the Town of North Hempstead, the communities of Elmont, Floral Park, South Floral Park, Stewart Manor, Bellerose, Bellerose Terrace, and parts of Franklin Square and Hicksville.