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Walk Now For Autism

September 21, 2008

Yesterday was my first experience with an Autism Speaks “Walk Now For Autism” event. Several months ago my wife, son, & I took part in our state autism society’s walk. I’ve heard so much about the Autism Speaks walks and was anxious to see one for myself.

This year due to extremely busy schedules for our family, we weren’t able to all go and participate. But I went as a reporter/videographer to shoot some footage and do some interviews for a story to air on the station I work at.

I was amazed at the turnout. There was an estimated 2,000 walkers there! The event was held at Canterbury Park in Shakopee, MN and it was awe-inspiring to see all the walkers going around the track. It’s actually a one-mile track that is normally used for horse racing. I had the opportunity to go on the roof at the facility to shoot some footage and I couldn’t believe the hordes of people.

It was definitely one of the most personal shoots I’ve ever had to do for my job. There were so many times that I got choked up and felt like crying, but I had to keep my composure since I was there in a ‘professional’ capacity. I saw so many kids that reminded me of our little guy and so many parents that reminded me of my wife and I. It’s not often we get to be surrounded by so many people who are affected by autism.

I hope next year our little family will be out on that track walking. I’ll be posting my finished story on this year’s walk on this site in the coming weeks. I’m also working on a long-range project that will air on our station and will be posted to YouTube and this site that will tell the story of our family and our journey with autism. It will include interviews with my wife & I as well as our DAN doctor, therapists, etc. God willing, I’ll have that one done before the end of 2008! The ‘Walk Now For Autism’ story should be done within a week or two.

If you ever have the chance to participate in one of these walks, I highly recommend it. You’ll feel such energy from those around you and it will give you some much needed power for the days and challenges ahead. Plus with all the money raised, perhaps we’ll make even more strides.

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