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New Jersey Walks for Tourette Syndrome

On Sunday April 2, 2017, Susan and Jack Holender had the pleasure of participating in NJ Walks for TS, a remarkable annual event initiated and coordinated by NJCTS (New Jersey Center for Tourette Syndrome and Associated Disorders).

The event was a pleasurable enjoyable day and empowerment for kids, by kids, and about kids. Susan & Jack walked and interacted with enthusiastic participants along with a very special and passionate 17-year-old Youth Advocate for TS, Hallie Hoffman. Hallie has had TS since she was 6 years old. She is asking us all to spread awareness and tolerance for this misunderstood neurological disorder TS. Hallie hopes to end bullying and the stigma surrounding TS. She is also a gracious, sweet and inspirational young girl to all she comes into contact with.

What is Tourette Syndrome (TS)?

TS is a nervous system neurodevelopment disorder. TS become evident in early childhood or adolescence. It is part of the spectrum of Tic Disorders and is involuntary, repetitive movements and vocalizations sounds that are made seemingly without realizing it. Tourette Syndrome and other Tic Disorders are not rare. The current estimates are that 1 out of every 100 children between the ages of 5-17 in the United States has TS.

NJ Center for Tourette Syndrome NJCTS provides statewide education outreach and peer advocacy programs, which include on-site, school in-service presentations to educators, students and healthcare professionals.