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Carolinas Walk Now for Autism Speaks Recap 

Thursday, November 15, 2012 View Comments

On Saturday, October 27th over 8,000 walkers attended the 10th Annual Carolinas Walk Now for Autism Speaks! To mix things up for the 10th anniversary the Walk was held at the zMAX Dragway in Concord, NC instead of the Charlotte Motor Speedway where it has been for the last 8 years.  The new venue was a hit amongst many walkers, sponsors, and volunteers!  The Walk was led by an amazing committee and two brand new Walk Chairs, Michelle Hitchcock and Bernie Washington.  Both walk chairs “enlisted” in this role since neither of them or their families are personally affected by autism. 

In our opening ceremonies we recognized all past Walk Chairs throughout the last 10 years and were also able to recognize one of our amazing walkers, Donovyn, who was chosen as the 2013 Walk Now for Autism Speaks model for all 2013 walk materials! We kicked off the start of the Walk with Trick Tucker, a walker and an 11 year old with autism, singing the national anthem to the crowd.  It was an amazing and tear-filled performance for all.

The goal for the 2012 Carolinas Walk Now for Autism Speaks is $425,000 and we are just shy of that goal by approximately $10,000.  We can still reach our goal together! Visit to make a donation and close the gap to our goal. The walk could not have happened without all of our amazing volunteers, sponsors, service providers, and most importantly – our walkers!  If you have any questions please contact Lauren Kidder, Walk/Event Coordinator at


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