7th Annual Walk Now For Autism
Guest post by Larisa Wood, Photos by JR Media Group & Agnes Pics
This past Sunday while my twelve year old son captained a team full of family, friends and my co-workers for the 7th annual Walk Now For Autism, I had the privilege of volunteering with the walk committee for Autism Speaks Canada.
We have been a “walk family” since the inaugural walk which we heard about three months after his diagnosis.
It made me proud to see such a great turnout of families, friends, caregivers and community volunteers.
We were blessed to have individuals of varying abilities thrive and smile on the walk. Stormtroopers & Geoffrey the giraffe proudly walked beside their fans who will now undeniably remain fans for life!
There was an amazing resource fair for families to access information( which we as parents are constantly on a quest for) or simply to get a breather while their child played or had their face painted.
The most heart warming moment for me though was meeting a quiet, smiley young man who chose to greet walkers with a high five and a big grin rather than walk the seawall route.
This short interaction summed up this year’s walk for me.
There was something for everyone- resources, friendship, awareness, optimism about our children’s futures or simply a high five on a sunny day!