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Walk Now For Autism Speaks 2013

by Nellie

Walk Now For Autism Speaks 2013

Last week Sunday, my co workers and I did the Walk Now For Autism Speaks 2013 held in Queens New York. It was a bright beautiful day, not a cloud in sight and an insanely perfect day for a walk.

Walk Now For Autism Speaks 2013

I have mentioned a few times before that my first cousin, who grew up in the same household as me is affected by Autism. Growing up I really didn’t know what Autism was, I just knew he was different, and I didn’t know why. My cousin and I are 8 years apart and we call each other brother and sister because it simply feels like we are. As a child I always had trouble explaining what was different about my cousin but I just claimed him as mine. So when my company asked me to be a Team Captain for Walk Now for Autism Speaks 2013, I didn’t hesitate!

Some facts about Autism from the Autism Speaks Website:

Did you know …

  • Autism now affects 1 in 88 children and 1 in 54 boys
  • Autism prevalence figures are growing
  • Autism is the fastest-growing serious developmental disability in the U.S.
  • Autism costs a family $60,000 a year on average
  • Autism receives less than 5% of the research funding of many less prevalent childhood diseases
  • Boys are nearly five times more likely than girls to have autism
  • There is no medical detection or cure for autism

My co worker was generous enough to give me a ride to the venue (and thank goodness for that because it would have taken me 3 trains and 90 minutes to get there, NO thank you!) As we waited for everyone to arrive, I took some photos of the warm and fun scene of walkers.

Walk Now For Autism Speaks 2013

Since we got there early we were one of the first to be let into the field, this turned out to be a VERY good move because by the time we ended the walk there were hundreds of people waiting to get in! Since we were right at the starting line, I was able to take pictures of the  official cutting of the banner:

Walk Now For Autism Speaks 2013

Walk Now For Autism Speaks 2013

One of the coolest aspects of the walk was that we were going to walk a mile and a half on CITI FIELD! As a huge baseball fan, it was a surreal experience actually walking on the field that stars (like my beloved Yankees) have played on! I think a lot of folks were non baseball fans because I’m pretty sure that I was the only one with my jaw to the floor in pure excitement to be on the field! (squee!)

Walk Now For Autism Speaks 2013

Walk Now For Autism Speaks 2013

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Walk Now For Autism Speaks 2013

We walked, and talked and before you knew it, the course was over! I had such a great time with my coworkers and their family. The entertainment at the event was top notch as well. I’ve done dozens of walks/races and this one felt like family, it felt like love. I hope I get to do it again next year.

 

Do you know someone with Autism? Have you done any charitable walks/runs so far this year?

 

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8 comments

Kim May 13, 2013 - 8:02 am

I love walks like that. I did one for the American Society last fall – need to get on another one!!
So cool that you got to walk inside Citi Field – I think baseball stadiums are so cool!!

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Hope May 13, 2013 - 8:56 am

Great post. Thanks for bringing awareness to autism. Looks like a fun event too.

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Joi May 13, 2013 - 9:21 am

You are having the most diverse opportunities within fitness this year. Zumba charity, this which touches close to your own home, and running under planes, lol…you’re on a roll. I have not had the opportunity but I love reading about yours. Congrats on yet another awareness post for your readers!

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Tamara May 13, 2013 - 10:01 am

The statistics are staggering..unbelievably. Yes I do know children and adults with autism and it’s certainly no easy ride, no matter how mild on the spectrum. I have participated in fundraising but no walks/runs. Yet!

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thedoseofreality May 13, 2013 - 10:15 am

Such an important cause and what an amazing way to do it! Congrats on being team captain! 🙂 Loved the pictures…super cool!-The Dose Girls

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Carli May 13, 2013 - 6:00 pm

One of the children in my Sunday School class us autistic. I think he’s very bright and adorable. It just takes him a little linger to get projects done and he doesn’t always understand taking turns. But he’s a great kid!

What a wonderful opportunity to do something that connects with you so closely.

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Sherelle May 13, 2013 - 8:42 pm

Those stats on Autism are saddening. More money has to be given for research on this disease. I’ve never run a race, but I have a few causes that I’d like to run for. Looking cute on that field girl!

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Michelle May 14, 2013 - 1:10 pm

What a great cause…I had no idea on those statistics…very sad! I’m glad you were able to participate and be a team captain (!) especially since its a cause so near and dear to your heart! And a very important one!!!

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