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Fantastic day at the 9th annual Nantucket Walk Now for Autism Speaks

August 15, 2015

On a brilliantly sunny day in Nantucket, more than a thousand people gathered to celebrate everyone with autism at the 9th annual Walk Now for Autism Speaks event.

Before heading out on the nearly two mile trail, boys and girls, men and women with autism and their siblings got their faces painted, played in sensory touch tanks and in the sand, and did early morning yoga.

Suzanne Wright, co-founder of Autism Speaks talked to the incredible crowd about the importance of community and of continuously raising awareness. And, she called on everyone to reach out to the faithful of every religion by asking their religious leaders to Light It Up Blue on World Autism Awareness Day, April 2nd, 2016. 

Co-founder Bob Wright, talked about the Autism Speaks groundbreaking genome project with Google called MSSNG.  And he gave an award of appreciation to basketball Hall of Famer and Univ. of Connecticut’s former NCAA men’s basketball coach, Jim Calhoun who is an autism grandfather. Jim and his wife Pat walked with the team Reese’s Pieces – named after their granddaughter with autism.

You can learn more about the Nantucket Walk Now for Autism Speaks event here