Posted by: Autism Speaks | June 1, 2010

Northern New Jersey Bergen Community College Walk Now for Autism Speaks

This guest post is by Autism Speaks Blog contributor Kerry Magro.  Kerry, an adult who has autism, is a junior at Seton Hall University, majoring in Sports Management. He is currently working at Autism Speaks as a writer.

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” 

Margaret Mead’s quote is the first line of my welcome message for both my Team and Personal Fundraising Pages on the “Walk Now for Autism Speaks” website. Last Sunday morning this concept was put into action when Autism Awareness united thousands of people in Paramus NJ for a great cause. 

With plenty of free food, great laughs, a NY Giant icon, and NJ political figureheads in attendance Northern New Jersey’s Bergen Community College Annual Walk for Autism Speaks held off the rain and began promptly at 10:30am. Bergen County Executive Dennis Mc Nerny, Freeholder John Driscoll Jr., Bergen County Sheriff Leo Mc Guire and Toys”R”Us Executives joined in. There was entertainment for all ages all morning ranging  from face painting , bubbles, balloons , jumping games, coloring areas, and  clowns for the many kids in attendance as well as information booths on services,  featuring several vendors such as Radio Disney, Star Wars 501 Legion Actors and much more!  Geoffrey the Giraffe came with Toys”R”Us and Babies”R”Us, a major sponsor who brought out their teams. One of most significant thing about this Walk were the kids and groups from families and work places that formed around individual children with autism many of whom had their own T-shirts made to support an individual child raising awareness of how many families are touched by autism.

This was my 2nd Northern New Jersey Walk and my 5th Autism Speaks Walk overall and I have to say Autism Speaks keeps getting better and better every year. So far Autism Speaks has raised over $400,000 from the Walk. Their goal is to make $450,000 dollars from the Walk so please; if you can donate anything towards the cause it would be deeply appreciated. You can learn more about Autism Speaks at autismspeaks.org and you can donate to the Walk here!

Special Thanks to Eileen Hopkins, Jena Greco and New York Linebacker Michael Boley who has a son on the autism spectrum for helping make the Walk what it was! Keep walking everyone!

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