On Saturday, October 24, 6,500 people participated in the sixth annual Houston Walk Now for Autism Speaks at Reliant Park, raising over $305,000.
Before the Walk, Autism Speaks national director of field operations, Lisa Gallipoli, thanked the participants and recognized the first Grand Club members, each whom raised over $1,000. Scott Jackson, a former Texans offensive lineman, and Joe Marciano, the Texans’ special teams coach, shared their perspectives as dads with the walkers. The highlight of the stage show was Kyle Cousins’ inspirational performance. Kyle, a teenager who has autism, was non-verbal at age two and a half, and sang “Everybody Wants to be Heard,” a song he wrote about autism. Kids enjoyed the bounce houses, which were graciously provided by The Shape of Behavior. Walkers visited the biggest Autism Speaks resource fair yet in Houston, which offered 26 vendors.