The National Stuttering Association: Northeast Pennsylvania Chapter at Misericordia University is holding its 4th annual "Don't Tell Me to Slow Down'' 5K run/walk on Sunday, April 2 to raise awareness about stuttering and in support of the National Stuttering Association. The event begins at 10 a.m., with registration taking place from 8:45-9:45 a.m. at the John and Mary Metz Field House.
The fee for participants who pre-register before March 20 is $20 for adults, $15 for children under 12, and $15 for Misericordia University students. After March 20, the fee is $25 for adults, $20 for children under 12, and $20 for Misericordia students. To register online, please log on to https://donttellmetoslowdown5k.itsyourrace.com/register. Every participant receives an event T-shirt.
Virtual runners and walkers also can participate by registering on the event's website. The website also accepts donations from people who would like to support the cause, but do not want to or have the time to run or walk the day of the event.
The walk/run is organized by the National Stuttering Association: Northeast Pennsylvania Chapter at Misericordia University, the Misericordia University National Student Speech-Language Hearing Association, and Students Spreading Disabilities Awareness.
The annual event's goal is to increase stuttering awareness and raise funds for the National Stuttering Association and the stuttering support group. The organizations use the funds to produce national stuttering newsletters, brochures, booklets, and online resources. The funding also sustains the National Stuttering Association's toll-free hotline (800-WE STUTTER), chapters, workshops, conferences, research, advocacy, and continuing education related to stuttering.
The local and national chapters are dedicated to bringing hope and empowerment to children and adults who stutter, as well as their families through support, education, advocacy and research.
In 2012, Misericordia University established the first National Stuttering Association-recognized stuttering support group in northeastern Pennsylvania. The support group holds meetings on the first Sunday of the month from 6-7:30 p.m. in room 212 of John J. Passan Hall, 100 Lake St., Dallas Borough. The meetings are free, and open to people of all ages.
The support group provides a safe and friendly atmosphere for people who stutter and those affected by stuttering. At the meetings, people are able to meet others who stutter, share experiences, practice their speaking skills, and work on moving forward in their lives with dignity and respect. For more information, please log on to the group's Facebook page at www.facebook.com/NEPAstutters or e-mail the group at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information about the speech-language pathology program at Misericordia University, please call (570) 674-6400 or log on to www.misericordia.edu/slp.
The National Stuttering Association: Northeast Pennsylvania Chapter at Misericordia University is holding its 4th annual 'Don't Tell Me to Slow Down' 5K run/walk on Sunday, April 2 to raise awareness about stuttering and in support of the National Stuttering Association. Race coordinators, first row from left, are Riley McKee, Southampton, Pa.; Emily Gurtizen, West Chester, Pa., and Kyle Pelkey, Watertown, Conn., co-leader; second row, Shayne Postiglione, Washingtonville, N.Y., and Alexis Stoffel of Mullica Hill, N.J.; third row, Lindsey Jordan, Scranton, Pa.; Alexandra Irr, Bethlehem, Pa., co-leader, and Kelsey O'Donnell, Clarks Summit, Pa.