SOAR's Eagle Run 5K is Oct. 22

Oct 12, 2016
SOAR's Eagle Run 5K 2015.

October is ADHD Awareness Month. Some may ask, “What is there to be aware of?” Over 6 million kids between the ages of 4 and 17 are diagnosed with ADHD, and this number continues to rise each year.

It is likely that you, your child, or someone you know has been affected by this often misunderstood learning disability.

While we know that there are many strengths associated with ADHD, many kids who have ADHD face challenges in the classroom, peer relationships, family relationships, and at home that can have a larger impact on their success as an independent adult. By bringing awareness to ADHD, we can help kids learn to manage these challenges and get on the path to success. SOAR is a private, non-profit organization located in Balsam.

For nearly 40 years, we have served youth and young adults from WNC and across the United States who have been diagnosed with ADHD and other Learning Disabilities through high-adventure programs, including summer camps, boarding school, and a GAP year program. Each of our programs is specifically designed to build self-confidence, social skills, problem solving techniques, and a willingness to accept new challenges.

At 8 a.m. on Saturday Oct. 22 at Carrier Park in Asheville, SOAR and the western North Carolina community will join together to help bring awareness to ADHD at SOAR’s Eagle Run 5K. All proceeds from the event will go to SOAR’s scholarship fund and directly to the youth and young adults that we serve. In the past three years alone, SOAR has provided meaningful outdoor experiences to over 100 students through scholarship assistance of over $180,000.

To learn more, or to become a sponsor, contact Andrea Wackerle, SOAR's registrar and admissions assistant at 828-456-3435