On Saturday, March 23, the Royal Park Bridge – a structure which joins Palm Beach and West Palm Beach, Florida – lit up in blue during a ceremony with Autism Speaks Co-founders Suzanne and Bob Wright. This landmark of the Palm Beaches went blue as part of a global initiative to help raise autism awareness and shine a bright light on a growing public health crisis.
Joining the Wrights for this special ceremony were local families, Jeri Muoio - West Palm Beach Mayor, Tania Rogers - Weekend Anchor of WPTV NewsChannel5 Palm Beach, Al Young - South Florida Ford and Greg Brostowicz - Florida Power and Light.
In her address to crowd, Autism Speaks co-founder Suzanne Wright said “there’s no better place to help us kick off Light It Up Blue in Palm Beach than here – the Royal Bridge – which is helping us to go Royal Blue. Bridges connect – and this is symbolic of our campaign – our goal is to connect people with information, to make them aware of autism – to raise the public’s consciousness for the 1 in 88 children living with the disorder.”
The Palm Beaches join a list of over 3,700 iconic landmarks and buildings in more than 650 cities and 53 countries who are uniting for autism awareness. This year, Autism Speaks is celebrating global autism awareness on ALL SEVEN CONTINENTS. In Antarctica, the Halley Research Center, signed on to Light It Up Blue. Astronaut Dan Burbank on the International Space Station will once again recognize World Autism Awareness Day from space.
Throughout the month of April family-friendly events and activities, including the Royal Park Bridge lighting, will be held in honor of the individuals, their family and friends, who are affected by autism. The lighting ceremony serves as the local kick off to Autism Speaks’ global annual Light It Up Blue campaign to celebrate the United Nations-sanctioned World Autism Awareness Day on April 2 and Autism Awareness Month.
Please help us spread autism awareness on April 2 and visit LightItUpBlue.org.