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Why I Walk Wednesday

This past weekend,  I had the joy of volunteering at a Walker’s Workshop event for Walk Now for Autism Speaks Milwaukee.

A few sorority sisters and I got to hang out with some pretty fun kids.  One in particular captured my heart.

B. is 4.

He likes to bounce on balls, loves the color purple (or blue which he will call purple) and loves playing with his V-tech Text and Talk.  He has bright blue eyes and a high pitched voice, and cute as a button.

Watching him look for his mom.  Watching him interact with his mom.  Seeing his face light up when his grandpa came.

He is why I walk.  His family is why I walk.

B. and his family, and the thousands just like them.

 

They are looking for resources, and advocacy, and research, and support.

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“Why I Walk Wednesday” is a series about the reasons I am participating in Walk Now for Autism Speaks Milwaukee.  You can make a contribution here. Or join the team.

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April is Autism Awareness Month- what will you do to make a difference?

 

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Why I Walk Wednesdays

Watch this.

This is why I walk.

On May 14, 2011, I will be walking alongside of those affected by Autism, their family and friends, my sisters, and many others.  I will be walking to raise funds and awareness at Walk Now for Autism Speaks at State Fair Park.

Walk with me?  (Registration is free, and you can show your support.)

Support the cause.

Thanks for reading.  Thank you for your support.

~mel

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Why I Walk Wednesdays

This is a new weekly feature on the blog- “Why I Walk Wednesdays.”

On May 14th, I will be participating in my 3rd Walk Now for Autism Speaks.  This weekly feature will highlight the reasons why I walk.  Hopefully, it will raise some awareness, encourage you to walk with me, or even attract some sponsors.

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Why I Walk- The Statistics

Did you know 1:110 children are diagnosed with autism?

And make that 1:70 boys!

Did you know that the prevalence rate is increasing 10-17% ANNUALLY?

Did you know that Autism receives 0.5% of the National institute of Health Funds?

Did you know that more children will be diagnosed with Autism this year than childhood cancer, AIDS and diabetes COMBINED?

 

These statistics blow my mind.  And they seem so overwhelming. 

How can I make a difference?

I walk. 

With each step I take, I show my support. 

With each step I take, I join the battle to find a cure, to support the families, to provide the services. 

My steps make a difference.  I have to believe that, or I lose all hope.

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You can help light the way for those with Autism and their families.  Join my walk in Milwaukee, or one in your neighborhood. Or if you are able, make a contribution to my walk team.

Thank you for reading.

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