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This post is by Leo Zanchettin of the Jacksonville Walk Now for Autism Speaks. Leo is the father of six, four of whom are on the autism spectrum.

Hi, there. My name is Leo Zanchettin, and I’ve got plenty of reasons to walk for autism. Actually, I’ve got four main reasons. Their names are Richard, Louise, Chris, and Nicholas—our kids who are on the autism spectrum. I’ve also got two other reasons. Their names are DeVaughn and Adele—our kids who are not on the spectrum.

Hi, my name is Andy Carfagna.  I am 17 years old and am the big brother of Danny who 15 years old. Life with my brother is very different than most other brother’s throughout the world. Danny has a severe case of Autism. Living with Danny, my family and I have lots of ups and downs. He can be one of the best brothers when he is happy and laughing in the good times. But, that is not always the case. He can be anxious, upset, or sometimes, something is set off in his head that puts him into a huge fit where he is jumping up and down, screaming and at times aggressive.