NANTUCKET, MA (August 16, 2014) -- It was a perfect day for a walk on the beach at the Eighth Annual Walk Now for Autism Speaks Walk on Nantucket. They gathered early at Jetties Beach to make the almost two mile trek for the three million Americans affected by autism.
Host John Shea addressed the hundreds who gathered to talk about how Nantucket has become "a Summer destination for families with autism and disabilities."
Autism Speaks Co-Founders Bob and Suzanne Wright talked about a bright future for research in the field of autism. "We are on the cusp of a new era in autism research," said Bob Wright, "with our new collaboration with Google on the Autism 10K Genome Project."
And Suzanne Wright choked up as she read the quote, "I saw that you were perfect, so I loved you. Then I saw that you were not perfect, so I loved you even more."
Before they stretched out their muscles and laced their sneakers, the children who attended got their faces painted with Autism Speaks blue puzzle pieces, and were fascinated with a donated “touch tank.”
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Watch Mr. and Mrs. Wright's kick off remarks at the Walk below.
Check out some great photos from the 2014 Nantucket Walk Now for Autism Speaks: