A Joint Resolution Officially Designating June 4 as Tourette Syndrome Awareness Day Passes NJ Senate and Assembly

It's official! June 4, from this point on, will be known as "Tourette Syndrome Awareness Day" in the state of New Jersey. The purpose of the day is to raise public awareness of TS, educate physicians, other health care professionals, and school personnel about the condition, help improve the quality of life of all people touched by TS, and encourage the research necessary to identify the cause of TS, control its effects, and find a cure for the disorder.
The joint resolution, which officially designates the day, passed the General Assembly on May 24 and the Senate on June 7. 
To mark the occasion, State Senators Kip Bateman and Troy Singleton, sponsors of the resolution, invited NJCTS representatives including Executive Director Faith Rice, Youth Advocate Sarah Baldwin and Board Member Steven Lindenbaum, to the floor of the Senate for a photo with Senate President Stephen Sweeney. 
Effective immediately, the Governor is respectfully requested to annually issue a proclamation recognizing June 4 as "Tourette Syndrome Awareness Day" in New Jersey and calling upon public officials, the citizens of the State, and other interested groups to observe the day with appropriate activities and programs.
The 2017 NJCTS Year in Review is Now Available

The latest Year in Review gives a comprehensive overview of the programs and impact of the NJ Center for Tourette Syndrome & Associated Disorders during 2017 - from research and youth development, to awareness and fundraising.

This year's edition highlights the major breakthroughs in TS research and NJCTS's collaborative relationship with Rutgers University.

Download the 2017 Year in Review and View Past Editions
 
The "Best Weekend of the Year" - the NJCTS Family Retreat - was held in June. Relive the fun in photos! 

   

A special thank you to NJCTS volunteer Allen Jones for capturing these memories in pictures! 
    
Join Us for an NJCTS Family Picnic in August

The fall is a busy time of year so we wanted to end the summer with a special gathering for our NJCTS families. The picnic will take place at Johnson Park in Piscataway on Sunday, August 26 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
We'll provide the hot dogs, water and paper goods, you bring the sides and snacks. There's plenty of space to play and we will be in close proximity to the animal park and the playground. 
Don't forget to bring your lawn chairs, Frisbees, softball equipment and your appetite! RSVP and let us know what you'll be bringing to the party! 
Save the Date: Second Annual TS Rocks Set for September 22

Following the success of our first TS Rocks last fall, the event will return on September 22. Join us at the Indian Acres Tree Farm in Medford for a day of music and family fun. Ticket information will be coming soon!
Youth Advocate Trainings Will Take Place in the Fall

Are you or your teen interested in becoming a NJCTS Youth Advocate? The first step is to take a training this fall.

October 13: For 13 to 17-year olds
October 27: For 10 to 12-year olds
Both trainings take place at Virtua Health and Wellness Center in Voorhees, NJ. If you would like more information on becoming a Youth Advocate, please email Lisa Augliera at laugliera@njcts.org.
Scholarship Winning Essays Available on Our Teen Blog

Throughout the summer we will be posting the essays of our NJCTS scholarship winners and finalists. Please take a moment to visit  njcts.org/teens4ts to read the first three from our top scholarship winners - Charles, Hallie and Michael.  
Ask the Greats is on a short hiatus while everyone enjoys their summer break! 

 
If you have thoughts on topics we should cover, or would like to be a guest panelist, email us at info@njcts.org.
In the News:

Tourette Awareness Day Passes NJ Senate with 38-0 Vote
A resolution sponsored by Senator Troy Singleton and Senator Christopher Bateman to request the Governor to permanently designate June 4 th  as "Tourette Syndrome Awareness Day" in New Jersey passed the Senate today. (InsideNJ.com)

Samuel J. Comroe, who has Tourette Syndrome, made his debut on the reality competition series and impressed judges Howie Mandel, Heidi Klum, Mel B and Simon Cowell with his comedic talents. (People.com)

Princeton's Charles Griebell and Belle Mead's Hallie Hoffman Earn Top Scholarship and Youth Advocate of the Year Honors. (Princeton Patch)
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