It doesn't matter what time of year an awareness month is chosen for a particular cause. People won't stop fighting for a cause that is important to them.

It doesn't matter what time of year an awareness month is chosen for a particular cause. People won't stop fighting for a cause that is important to them.

Just because April is Autism Awareness Month or October is Down Syndrome Awareness Month, doesn't mean those are the only times of year awareness is being shared.

In fact, every month represents multiple causes. Any given awareness month is busy with everything from events and news stories to help spread awareness and to raise money for a cause.

When April rolls around I'll be hosting another Bowling for Autism event, but I continually update the Facebook page and make posts to continue brining attention to an important cause.

It doesn't just stop once April ends.

That's exactly what happens with events like Walk Now for Autism Speaks. There are walks all year spread throughout the U.S. and Canada.

According to Autism Speaks, this is the nation's largest grassroots autism walk program and is Autism Speaks' signature fundraising and awareness event.

The walks generate funds, raise awareness about autism and its increasing prevalence as well as the need for increased research in order to combat the disorder.

One of the most recent walks took place in Cleveland, Ohio and it showed a lot of success with over 3,500 families and individuals taking part. In the end the event raised over $225,000.

According to Autism Speaks donations are still coming in for that walk.

An aspect that's really great about Walk Now for Autism Speaks is that even if you can't attend a walk, you can still donate.

Say you have a family member or a friend doing a walk near you, but you know you can't physically attend. You can just look up the team or walker name and donate from there.

With the prevalence of autism being 1 in 88, chances are you know at least one person who has autism or has a child with autism. If by chance you don't, but you still want to help out the cause, find a walk near you and donate that way.

Of course, walks aren't the only way you can help out or raise awareness, but it's a start.

Just visit www.autismpseaks.org and click on the Walk With Us tab at the top of the page. From there you can search for a walk near you, find a team or walker to support and even create your own team.

No matter the time of year, it's never a bad time to raise awareness.

Waters is a staff writer for The Wayne Independent and can be reached at kwaters@wayneindependent.com.