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2010 Jacksonville Walk Now for Autism Speaks 

Thursday, October 28, 2010 View Comments

More than 700 families and individuals joined Autism Speaks for its 2nd Annual Jacksonville Walk Now for Autism Speaks event. The Walk took place on Saturday, October 23 at Hodges Stadium at the University of North Florida in Jacksonville, FL.

Walk participants of Joel Pace Piano gather up for team photo.

With a cool breeze and sunny skies, families marched across the UNF campus to raise autism awareness. Together, Northeast Florida families helped raise nearly $40,000 for Autism Speaks. To kick off the Walk, participant Liz Zurn shared her family’s inspirational and touching story about raising an autistic son. With Team Jackaroo in tow Liz and her gang lead the way as hundreds marched across campus. Afterwards, participants enjoyed great music from DJ’s Al Pete and Gene White, building projects by Home Depot, face painting by Mikki Livanos with Polka Dot Party Art and a “Toys ‘R’ Us” activities table.

Team CSX and the Charpiat family cooling off after a march around the UNF Campus.

The autism resource fair represented 14 community partners including Pediatric Behavioral Services, Selinger Law Firm, Project Chance and May Institute. Each representative had a unique and exciting project for children and families. Thank you to the 2010 Sponsors, Daily Billboard and Pepsi as well as our Walk Committee and volunteers including those from Best Buddies, Citi, Home Depot, Kohl’s, and UNF. For more pictures and information about the Walk, please visit our Facebook page at


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