Community Event Raising Awareness, Resources for Wisconsin Families Impacted by Autism

by Free Speech on August 9, 2010

Lodi, WI~

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An upcoming community event in DeForest is raising awareness and funds for autism.

“Wisconsin families are fortunate to have many resources available to them, including support groups, medical resources, and financial grants for still-uncovered therapies” says Danielle Tolzmann, President and Founder of Navigating Autism, Inc. “The obstacle is that these resources are frequently hidden and may be filled with technical terms that can be difficult to understand. Many parents don’t know where resources are unless someone tells them, or they find themselves lost in a world of unfamiliar terms and jargon. That’s where we can help.”
The organization was created in February as a central hub of information to families who have received an autism diagnosis, which occurs nationally, every 20 minutes. “We have no paid staff. The organization functions entirely on volunteers, private donations and fundraising activities,” reports Kitzi Wells – Muniz, Treasurer of Navigating Autism and mother to 8 year old Christian, who has autism. “We’ve put together a great time with this biking event, and we’re looking for community members to come out and enjoy it.”
The Coldane Tour is a biking event on Saturday, August 14th in DeForest. Routes of 62, 35 and 15 miles are being offered, and they have also added a 5-mile family–fun ride.

Lunch and volunteers are being provided by the DeForest Lions Club, and several businesses have provided gifts as door prizes. Entertainment and activities at ride rest-stops is a unique feature of the event. Proceeds from the ride will fund continued development of their website, which is the primary means of sharing information with families.

“We’ve received generous business support for this event, from the Mousehouse Cheesehouse, the Poynette High School Marching Band & PHS Band Boosters, Midwest Professional Karate, Anytime Fitness of DeForest, Genesis Spa, Lake Windsor Country Club, Chris & Lori’s BakeHouse, Dragonfly Farms of Poynette and others have provided support that has really enabled us to put a great ride together. Almost 90% of participant registration fees are going to directly impact our mission and further our goals, as most of the costs have been covered by these local businesses,” shared Ms. Tolzmann.

For more information, visit the event website at: or the organization’s website at:

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