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2011 Houston Walk Now for Autism Speaks Recap 

Thursday, October 27, 2011 View Comments

The 8th annual Houston Walk Now for Autism Speaks was held this past Saturday, October 22nd at Reliant Park in Houston, TX!  Houston raised over $318,000 – and counting!  Fundraising efforts will continue through December.

Under the leadership of Walk Director Shauna Caster and volunteer co-chairs Ryan Burnett and Carey Carver, Houston drew approximately 9,000 walkers on a warm, sunny Saturday morning.  Families got to enjoy an expanded Resource Fair featuring 35 local service providers, bounce castles, kids’ crafts and free throw contests at the Houston Rockets’ booth where the Rockets announced that their 10th annual Rocket's Run in the spring of 2012 will benefit Autism Speaks.

Houston walkers also got to meet and learn from hometown celebrity Grant Manier, 16, who has Asperger’s.  Grant makes original, breathtaking collages using entirely recycled materials.  He was featured on ABC-13 the week before the Walk and just received an award as Disability Advocate of the Year from Houston mayor Annise Parker.  Mayor Parker herself welcomed the pumped-up crowd during opening ceremonies and cut the ribbon for the official start of Saturday’s Walk.  For more photos, visit our Facebook page at



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