Walk Now for Autism Speaks

June 19, 2010

Today was the Walk Now for Autism Speaks at Valley Stadium.  Having never participated before, we didn’t know what to expect.  (As mentioned earlier, I totally dropped the ball on fundraising, but it’s not too late to donate towards Autism Speaks!  You can donate under Emily Hulling for Team Gavin here).

We got there about a half hour before the start and I was amazed at the number of people who had already arrived. There was fun stuff for the kids to do and a large resource tent with cool stuff for parents. 

I choked up more than once realizing HOW MANY kids there are with autism just in our city alone.  AND, how many people out there love somebody with autism.   In some way, it was comforting to be in such a large group of people, all who know EXACTLY what we go through on a day to day basis.  There was a sense of team spirit and camaraderie.   We were all there for one sole purpose, to raise awareness and funds for autism.  It didn’t matter if your child couldn’t follow directions in line for the bounce house or if he started flapping or plugging his ears when the sound got too much for him.  HE WASN’T THE ONLY ONE.  We’re not alone although SO many days it feels like it.  A gigantic thank you to my family for always, always supporting us and little Gav.  We’d be lost without them. 

You can kind of see the crowd in this shot.  We were near the front of the walk so imagine about 1,000 more people behind us.  It was crazy huge. 

Liam snagged a toy catalog from the ToysRUs vendor before the walk, so he was engrossed in his “magazine” the entire time. 

A couple of cute dads and their even cuter kiddos.

Even the littlest bean got in on the action……….well, sort of!

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2 Responses to “Walk Now for Autism Speaks”

  1. aunt katie said

    what a great day! love you guys!

  2. someone special is at the door . . . it's GRANDMA!! said

    yay, team gavin! what a great morning . . . and yes, tear-inducing. Em, you are never, EVER alone!

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