Over 3,000 families and individuals joined Autism Speaks for its 7th annual Cleveland Walk Now for Autism Speaks event on Sunday, September 22nd at Voinovich Park. Walk day started out a little chilly and windy, but teams and walkers came out to show their support and increase awareness in a BIG way with their team shirts and signs. Cleveland area families have helped raise over $200,000 for Autism Speaks and donations are still coming in!
The day included an amazing community resource fair of veteran and new supporters representing 20 community organizations and service providers. Also, joining the festivities were Moondog from the Cavs, a friendly stilt walker, and Tim Willis who brought monster trucks and a giant robot to entertain our families. Performances by Club Rock Kids and Alex Hale greeted walkers as the entered the park. Alex Hale’s performance included his song “Walk A Mile” which symbolizes the need for us to understand what it may feel like to walk in the shoes and experience the lives of those on the spectrum as well as their families. By walking a mile today, we hope to find more pieces to the puzzle tomorrow.
Thank you to the 2013 sponsors including Cleveland Clinic Children’s Hospital, RW Baird, University Hospitals Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital, Diamond Shine Express Car Wash, The Sherwin-Williams Company, Case Western Reserve University, Galvin Therapy Center, Positive Education Program and National Philanthropy Partner, Alpha Xi Delta.
Special thanks to all of the amazing volunteers that braved the wind for set-up and to all of the families and teams that help make walk day a special day every year!
Want to walk with us? Go to www.walknowforautismspeaks.org to check to see if theres a walk in your area!