Posted by: Autism Speaks | October 14, 2009

Columbus Walk Now for Autism Speaks

Alex and Sean Sawyers, 25-year-old twins who have autism, introduce Honorary Walk Chair, Dr. Gordon Gee, President of The Ohio State University.

Alex and Sean Sawyers, 25-year-old twins who have autism, introduce Honorary Walk Chair, Dr. Gordon Gee, President of The Ohio State University.

On Sunday, Oct. 11, 15,000 participants turned out for the second annual Columbus Walk Now for Autism Speaks at Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio, representing a 50% increase in participation over last year. The walkers raised over $515,000.

Media sponsors NBC4 and WCOL served as master of ceremonies. Special guest, Gov. Ted Strickland (D-Ohio), welcomed the walkers and thanked them for their participation. Honorary Walk Co-Chairs Harry Slatkin, president of Home Design for Limited Brands and of Slatkin & Co. and Dr. Gordon Gee, President of The Ohio State University, both joined in the day’s festivities. Additionally, a number of honored local and state politicians participated in the Walk and mingled with Grand Club members. The walkers were led by The Ohio State University’s mascot, cheerleaders and pep band. Children enjoyed activities provided by The Columbus Zoo and COSI (Center of Science and Industry).

Brutus Buckeye, The Ohio State Cheerleaders and Athletic Band prepare the walkers before the start.

Brutus Buckeye, The Ohio State Cheerleaders and Athletic Band prepare the walkers before the start.

Special thanks to Walk Chairs Marci Ingram and Lori Peacock for making the Columbus Walk such a success. Read more about the Walk here and become a fan of the Columbus Walk Now for Autism Speaks on Facebook.

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