On October 13th, 2012, over 1000 walkers joined Autism Speaks at Railroad Park in Birmingham for the inaugural Alabama Walk Now for Autism Speaks. Walkers enjoyed picture perfect weather and beautiful blues skies for the 1 ½ mile Walk and 5K Run. To date, the Birmingham Walk Now for Autism Speaks event has raised over $66,000 and Chair Megan Givens, Co-Chair Laura Weems Tull along with the WNFAS Committee and community are continuing their efforts to reach $150,000 in 2012!
Senator Cam Ward gave an inspirational message to all the attendees sharing his experiences as a parent of a child on the spectrum, bringing true meaning to participation in this event. Mayor William A. Bell also welcomed Autism Speaks to Birmingham and encouraged participants to enjoy the events of the day.
Families, committee members, service providers, and sponsors all worked together to raise funds and enjoyed the opportunity to share time together at this first event in Alabama. Team Bryce had the most team members attending; surrounded by almost 100 families and friends, Bryce and his mother led the Walk.
Tribute signs placed around the trail led to a thought provoking and memorable time shared with loved ones, generating enthusiasm and support for families who deal with the hardships of this disorder. Afterwards, families continued to share time together and lingered in the park, enjoying lunch and playing family games.
Thank you to the community for coming out and sharing in this very special Alabama Walk Now For Autism Speaks. The WNFAS committee is proud to bring the autism community together and looks forward to returning in 2013 and another WNFAS Alabama.
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