Sunday was a beautiful day for a walk in New York City. The sun beamed down from the clear sky upon hundreds of families who came out pumped and ready to walk in honor of their autistic loved ones.
As I approached South Street Seaport in lower Manhattan, I immediately noticed the diversity of the crowd. This reaffirmed the fact that autism comes in many ages, sizes, shapes, and races.
This was my first Walk for Autism Speaks and it was a great experience to be around others who are going through experiences that I can relate to.
The air was saturated with team spirit and as a parent walked by pushing her son in his stroller, I regretted not bringing Angel. I was not sure how he would do in such a large crowd.
When I arrived at my team’s meeting area, we started chatting about the possibility of bringing our kids along for next year’s walk. Then we started formulating plans for our team. We planned to go all out with team banners and customized jerseys.
The goal of the walk was to raise funds for autism research and the total raised the last time I checked the Autism Speaks Web site was $624,440.
As we walked, we were mindful of the sobering statistics about autism. According to the Autism Speaks’ Web site: “Every 15 minutes, another family receives the devastating news that their child has an autism spectrum disorder.”
Visit http://www.walknowforautismspeaks.org for information about the next walk in your area.
Please check out my gallery of photos from the walk. Enjoy!