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Why I Walk

My sweet bug (as I call her) has so many talents and love to give. I hope for her that people will see beyond the obstacles and appreciate her for who and what she is.

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I walk because I love my daughter with every fiber of my being and want her to have every opportunity available to her.

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"Knowing many other parents and guardians of kids on the spectrum at the walk have similar stories truly helps bring the community together for an epic cause."

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I remembered back to a point during our fight for a diagnosis, a person told me I shouldn’t have our son diagnosed because that was only putting a label on him. That person couldn’t have been more wrong!

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For his sake, in his name, I will cross any ocean, climb any mountain, reach outside my comfort zone and write things, say things, do things and yes! I will walk from here to Timbuktu in a sparkly tinsel wig and blue tutu if it helps those who help him and others like him. He is my heart and this is his story.

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The doctor came in and ask us, “What do you hope you will get from this, for your son?” I said, I want to give him the best chance in life. I want him to get the help he needs.

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Angelo Puppolo, Jr. started running when he was in high school. After he took many years off, he picked it up again over a year ago

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"I can surely say that Jack’s autism makes our lives interesting. He does lots of things that other people might think are funny, like constantly talking about “rocket” and “suitcase” using his iPad, but we are completely used to things like that. Behind all of his little quirks, Jack is just a kid."

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