It was a perfect Walk Day morning in West Des Moines, IA on June 11th as over 2,000 walkers attended the 10th Annual Iowa Walk Now for Autism Speaks at Valley Stadium. To date, the 2011 Iowa Walk has raised over 152,00 but they will not stop till their goal of $200,000 is reached!
The Hot Tamales and Red Hots kicked started the event as teams started gathering together to enjoy the activities. Aaron Waples, a young adult with ASD read a very inspirational poem about having autism and then led the crowd in the National Anthem.
The Pleasantville High School Dance Team charged up the crowd during the opening ceremony, while four-time Walk Chair Danielle Sharpe spoke to the crowd on how far Iowa has come in the last ten years, “Since 2002, Iowa has raised over a million dollars for funding autism research, awareness, advocacy , and family services. One of our biggest accomplishments has been the autism insurance reform, and we are continuing to lobby for coverage for all families!” “A special thank you to all our Grand Club members, teams and to the 2011 Iowa Walk Committee for putting on such a fantastic event!”
The ChildServe Sensory Tent was very popular along with the Resource Tent. The day was wrapped up with team photos, games, autograph signings from Iowa Cub players, Bryan LaHair and Jay Jackson , snacks and a young brother saying “ we are here for my brother today”.
THANK YOU to all our sponsors, Katecho, Caseys General Stores Long John Silvers, NCMIC Group, IMT Insurance, Sharpe Family Dental, Homestead, Blank Children’s Hospital, Metro West Kids Learning Center, Farver True Value, Catchfire Media Central Iowa Blues Society:Hot Tamale and the Red Hots, Childserve, media sponsors the MIX 101.7 KAYL/KKIA radio in Storm Lake. WHO Ch 13, and Mediacom.
In kind sponsors are MiMi's Cafe , DSM Vending, Long John Silver’s, Casey’s, Panera, Krispy Kreme, Atlantic Bottling, Anderson Erickson Dairy and Loffredos. A special thank you to Bryan Lahair and Jay Jackson from the Iowa Cubs. For more information about the Walk, please visit our Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/AutismSpeaks.Iowa.
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