The New Jersey Shore Walk held its 2013 Kick-off at McLoone's in Long Branch last week, an outstanding event made possible by outstanding walk volunteer leadership and the outstanding New Jersey Shore community. The families of the Jersey Shore, still reeling from the impact of Hurrican Sandy, are more inspired than ever to bring hope and support to their autism community, which was particularly impacted by the storm.
A mother told a powerful yet touching story about her inability to heed evacuate warnings during the super storm because moving a child with autism from the comfort of home was not an option. Her family was the recipient of an AutismCares grant to assist with the rebuilding of their home and lives post-Sandy.
Because so many business of the Jersey Shore, particularly in the Long Branch area, are still recovering from the storm, NJ Shore Walk teams are finding it difficult to ask businesses to support the Walk when they can use donations of their own. But this is not stopping the community for thinking creatively! The Walk team led by Under My Skin Tattoo Studio owners are hosting the 2nd annual Tattoo for Autism on September 14 to benefit NJ Shore Walk. The bottom line is this is a resilient community, committed to making a difference for their autism families and to having a successful Walk (and 5K run) in Long Branch on September 28th!
[slideshow:2, order=top, width=600, height=460, img=|http://www.autismspeaks.org/sites/default/files/images/events/nj-shore-24-dsc_0030.jpg|||NJ Shore Walk Top Team\, Brandon Bunch ||, img=|http://www.autismspeaks.org/sites/default/files/images/events/nj-shore-29-dsc_0083.jpg|||(L to R) Janice McGreevy\, NJ Shore Walk Co-Chair – Michael Ciavolino\, NJ Shore Walk Co-Chair – Lauren Havanki\, Director of Field Development\, NJ – Jo-Dee Frulio\, NJ Shore Satellite Walk Co-Chair – Jerry Frulio\, NJ Shore Satellite Walk Co-Chair (not pictured: Beth Sarfaty\, NJ Shore Walk Co-Chair & Alyssa Garnett\, NJ Shore 5K Run Chair) ||, img=|http://www.autismspeaks.org/sites/default/files/images/events/nj-shore-33-dsc_0058.jpg|||Michael Rosanoff\, Associate Director\, Public Health Research & Scientific Review for Autism Speaks\, gave a presentation on autism research||, img=|http://www.autismspeaks.org/sites/default/files/images/events/nj-shore-30-dsc_0043.jpg|||The view from McLoone's||]