13th Annual Walk for Autism
Saturday, April 26, 2014
Presque Isle State Park - Rotary Pavilion
A two-mile walk is held to increase awareness of autism, fund projects and activities for individuals with autism in our community and to support national research. Adults and children alike may rollerblade or ride along in strollers or wagons.
Registration Time: 9:30 a.m. to 10:45 a.m.
Entry Fee: Registration donation of $20.00 (Kids 14 and under walk free)
Youth t-shirts: MUST be ordered and paid for in advance for $7.00 each
Pre-registration Deadline: April 1, 2014
Walk Begins: 11:00 a.m. promptly; Pre-Walk Announcements at 10:45 a.m.
Parking: Beach 6 & Beach 8. Shuttle Service available at Beach 6 from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m
2014 Walk Chair Family~ The Viera Family
Mike and Amy Viera
Between the two of us, we are the proud parents of six children. We have been especially blessed with the gift of raising our 7 year old son Logan. Logan was diagnosed with Autism when he was 2 ½ years old. When he was first diagnosed we knew next to nothing about Autism, and certainly had no idea how it would impact our lives. Since then, we have learned so much with the love and support from family, friends, wonderful teachers, and various agencies, especially the Autism Society – Northwestern Pennsylvania. The ASA-NWPA does a tremendous job in advocating, educating, and supporting families affected by Autism. They keep families updated with important news and legislation that could directly affect them, and they sponsor sensory friendly community outings and social events. Since we also have a younger son and daughter, these events are especially important to us. They make it possible for us to do things together as a family, and also allow us to meet other people in the same situation. You can share info and experiences with others, and know that you are not alone in this wonderful, but often challenging journey. The annual Walk for Autism is very important to us. Not only does this walk raise much needed funds to continue the work of ASA-NWPA, but it also raises awareness. Logan has helped us all to see a whole new world through his eyes.
Through increased awareness and understanding, we can all make it a better world for him and all others on the spectrum. We are deeply honored to the Chair Family of this year’s walk.
Thank you for your support, Mike and Amy Viera
Autism Society NWPA is proud of our signature event which brings together thousands of participants annually. The Walk for Autism is our primary fundraiser to increase direct supports to persons and families living with autism in Northwestern Pennsylvania; this includes grant opportunities, education, and family social, sensory, community experiences.
On behalf of the Board of Directors and our families, THANK YOU, for supporting the 12th Annual Walk for Autism.