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.
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.
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:
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!)
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?