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Coast to Coast Kickoffs Mark Start of Fall Walk Season

April 23, 2007

From the Pacific Northwest to the southwest corner of Florida to the mountains of Vermont and New Hampshire, the fall Walk for Autism Research season is kicking into high gear. Kickoff lunches, brunches, dinners and BBQs have taken place in cities across America including St. Louis, Chicago, Portland, Charlotte, Eugene, Denver, Port Charlotte, Point Pleasant, Rochester and Dallas.

This week on Long Island over 450 supporters gathered for a luncheon to kick off the 7th annual Walk for Autism Research. Last year, this walk raised $1.2 million and attracted 14,000 walkers, making it our largest walk in the nation. Guests heard inspirational speeches from NY State Senator Charles Fuschillo and walk chairs Michael Giangregorio and Carole Mirkin, and were treated to a rousing game of Autism Speaks Walk

Autism Speaks President Mark Roithmayr, left, with Long Island Walk co-chairs Carole Mirkin and Michael Giangregorio

Jeopardy. New team captains and returning team captains alike left the luncheon energized to gear up their efforts to make this year's walk at Jones Beach on Sunday October 22nd the most successful event ever expecting to raise over $1.5 million dollars with over 16,000 people participating.

In Dallas, the 2006 Walk Season Kicked off at the end of July with an event in the “Little Italy” section of north Dallas with over 180 people in attendance. The highlights of the program included remarks by Autism Speaks' president Mark Roithmayr and by fourteen-year-old local resident Brandon Claridge. Brandon related his journey as a young man diagnosed with Aspergers Syndrome. The people in

From left; Judy Allen, North Texas Walk Committee Members Nikki Weiss and Sarah Teel

attendance were truly inspired by Brandon's words. The Dallas walk, which will be held on Saturday, September 16th at Lone Star Park, anticipates raising over $100,000 and having over 1500 people participate.

This fall over 20 walks will take place during the months of September, October and November and are slated to help raise over $10 million dollars this year. To find a walk in your community, please click here to visit the “Join a Walk” section of our web site.