Posted by: Autism Speaks | September 30, 2009

Portland Walk Now for Autism Speaks

Kids loved the Toys"R"Us booth at the resource fair!

Kids loved the Toys"R"Us booth at the resource fair!

On September 26, 1,000 participants raised $51,000 at the inaugural Portland Walk Now for Autism Speaks, held in the South Park Blocks of downtown Portland, Oregon. The first-year event boasted ten Grand Club members, walkers who each raised $1,000 or more; later this year, one lucky Grand Club member will win two roundtrip plane tickets, courtesy of Jet Blue. Walkers enjoyed a resource fair, complete with 17 local vendors and autism service providers. Special thanks to Walk Chair Dan Yedinak for the success of the Walk. Read more and view additional photos from the Portland Walk and become a fan of the Portland Walk on Facebook.

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  1. I am proud to say that our inaugural walk brought a sense of community and hope to a diverse group of more than 1000 participants. We owe our success and thanks in no small part to the dozens of local volunteers, our sponsors, resource fair vendors and Autism Speaks.

    Amongst the walkers were a non verbal 9 year old girl (who still has to wear diapers, drinks from a baby bottle and is dependent on a service dog), a 45 year old Autistic man who, with the lifelong support of his family, was able to raise more than $1000 for the walk, and, one of our speakers, an accomplished 34 year old married professional and author with Aspergers.

    Once again, thanks to everyone who paved the way to make this happen. Together, we can change the course of Autism.

  2. I was very proud to be part of the volunteer group to work the Walk for Autism. It was exciting to see the families with their autistic children enjoying themselves and visiting with other families. We are a “Community and a Family”
    My daughter and a friend joined me and they came determined to have a large group of walkers for “Bailey’s gang” next year!! They both are involved in school education as a librarian and a special education personell. This is how we get the word out!!
    Thanks again Dan- and Justin for all your time and effort put into this. Without you we couldn’t have done it. Ervine


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