This blog post was written by Tara Bryson, mom to a daughter with autism. Tara is walking in the Autism Speaks Walk in Atlanta, Georgia. Help her reach her fundraising goal here. Why do you walk for Autism Speaks? Share your story at firstname.lastname@example.org and we might feature it on our site!
I walk because two years ago my child couldn't speak and now she's far exceeded everyone's expectations of her.
I walk because after two other diagnoses of ASD, I heard from doctors at the Marcus Autism Center on June 8th, 2015, "Harper-Lynn does have Autism Spectrum Disorder."
I walk because autism was never something I had to ever really encountered until my own child showed symptoms.
I walk because there are families who received a diagnosis today.
I walk because I need to believe there will be a way to stop this disorder from occurring in future generations.
I walk because Harper-Lynn's medical team is incredible and I'm so thankful for each and every one of them!
I walk because I can't sit by and do nothing.
I walk because so many people have prayed for Harper-Lynn for two years and continue to do so.
I walk because Harper-Lynn and I used to travel up to 500 miles per week for therapies for her. We now only travel around 300 miles per week.
I walk because I love my daughter with every fiber of my being and want her to have every opportunity available to her.
I walk because I told God I would go down any path He led us on if He would just help me figure out what was going on with Harper-Lynn when she lost her speech two years ago.
I walk because every day I see children who have symptoms far worse than Harper-Lynn.
And finally, I walk because autism has changed every part of mine and Harper-Lynn's lives!