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Annual Tourettes Awareness Walk Scheduled For May 27

Starting at Escalon’s Main Street Park at 9 a.m. on Saturday, May 27, all in the community are invited to join in for the annual Tourette’s Awareness Walk.

This 5k event is free and no pre-registration is needed.

“Just show up, there are no sign-ups, it is a free family event,” said Amy McCulloch, who coordinates the walk in cooperation with Escalon High School teacher and coach Rick Heflin.

The walk is designed to heighten community awareness about Tourette’s Syndrome and McCulloch’s son, Keegan, a sixth grader, traditionally addresses the walkers. He has Tourette’s and offers information about dealing with the syndrome.

“For the kids, we  have a scavenger hunt, it’s a 5k walk, they just walk along, collect trinkets and goodies, get some informational material along the way as well,” McCulloch said.

Last year about 300 walkers turned out and McCulloch said they are hoping to get about the same participation this year.

“Luckily, with word of mouth, people seem to show up,” she said.

Last year, an autographed Sergio Romo baseball provided by the San Francisco Giants was part of a drawing and helped raise money for the McCulloch Family Walk for Tourette’s Awareness Scholarship. That scholarship will be presented for the first time this year.

McCulloch said $800 was raised, and that scholarship will be presented during the May 24 Senior Night Awards Assembly at Escalon High School. They will also announce the winner at the walk.

For more information, contact McCulloch at or Rick Heflin at