On a cold, blustery day in Cumberland, Maryland, 1,200 people looped the track at Allegany College for the ninth annual Cumberland Tri-State Walk Now for Autism Speaks event on Saturday, April 9, 2011. Walk Chairperson, Marcy Hardinger led the opening ceremonies with special thanks to all Walk participants who came far and wide to enjoy the festivities of the day and support the urgent mission of Autism Speaks.
Logan Farris joined Marcy to cut the ribbon and start the Walk! Walkers enjoyed the 10 Toys that Speak to Autism from Walk Now for Autism Speaks National Sponsors’ Toys”R”Us and Babies”R”Us, moon bounce, face painting, autism race car and balloons galore!
The Cumberland Times-News and radio sponsors WTBO and GO106FM were on hand to capture the events of the day. Special thanks to DJ Express for energizing the crowd and Kirsten Dixon photography for the beautiful team photos! It was a record-breaking year for Cumberland with $64,000 raised to date with the total expected to exceed $70,000!
This tremendous success is due to the hard work and dedication of each volunteer, walker, team member, team captain, sponsor and in-kind donor.
Many, many thanks to Walk planning committee for all of their efforts year after year to organize and implement the Walk in Western Maryland. A very sincere and heartfelt thank you to Marcy Hardinger.
Marcy’s passion to better the life of her daughter Hannah and all others affected by autism in the Cumberland community is truly inspiring. THANK YOU CUMBERLAND for your continued commitment to changing the future for all who struggle with autism spectrum disorders.
Autism Speaks and Cumberland is listening!!
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