First Cara Becker ROAR for Autism Youth Fundraising Award Presented


Over the weekend during Kennedy Krieger Institute’s annual ROAR for Autism event, the first ever Cara Becker ROAR for Autism Youth Fundraising Award was presented.

The award, recognizing the individual 18 or younger who raised the most funds for the event and best encompassed Cara’s fundraising spirit, was given to Natalie Newman. Natalie and her team, Natalie’s Never Land, raised more than $11,000 for Kennedy Krieger Institute.

Cara spent years involved with KKI’s ROAR for Autism, a family-friendly biking, walking and running event that raises awareness and money for autism research. Cara worked securing raffle prizes and selling hundreds of tickets, following in the footsteps of her mom, Jill, who co-chaired the event for many years. To honor her memory and her dedication to ROAR for Autism, the Cara Becker ROAR for Autism Youth Fundraising Award was created.

Natalie received gift certificates and tickets for Baltimore attractions along with the award. Additionally, a plaque will be placed in the Center for Autism and Disorders’ lobby at Kennedy Krieger Institute, commemorating the award. Natalie will be honored on the plaque as the award’s first recipient.

Cara’s cousin, Gail Cohen, was also recognized at the event. She too embraced Cara’s giving spirit, recruiting other kids and teens to get involved with ROAR for Autism and acting as the first ever ROAR for Autism Youth Ambassador.

Congratulations to Natalie and Gail! We are proud of you!