Posted by: Autism Speaks | October 11, 2011

2011 Pocono Walk Now for Autism Speaks Recap

It was a wonderful afternoon for the Inaugural Pocono Walk Now for Autism Speaks at the Pocono Raceway in Long Pond, Pa.  The over 450 walkers were greeted by sounds of young band of 16-18 year old young men.  We were thrilled that many of our sponsors were able to attend and greet the walkers including Toys”R”Us, Cigna, KRZ radio and New Story.

The opening ceremonies were kicked off by a brief speech by State Representative Mario Scavello who eloquently spoke of the importance of autism research.  We were thrilled to have Zac Townsend, a huge NASCAR fan say a few words about what living with autism feels like.  Our hosts presented Zac with a piece of the race track, lug nuts from Jeff Gordon’s race car and a ride in the pace car to start our event.

The committee lead by Tia Fritz worked tirelessly to make this first Walk a success.  The Walk went over the proposed goal of 25,000 on Walk Day and we will watch that total continue to rise over the next few weeks.  Tia could not have done it alone and her amazing committee made sure that everything ran smoothly from registration to clean up.

The committee would like to send a special thank you to the amazing staff at the Pocono Raceway.  They went above and beyond for Autism Speaks at every turn.  We were thrilled to partner with both Sandy Deleon and Dan Dougherty and we look forward to our walk next year.



  1. My name is Danielle Smith and my son caleb has ASD. This was our first walk and I have to say it was a wonderful one. As captain of TEAM CALEB I have learned so much and have realized that there are many people out there going through the same thing and that I am not alone.I was so proud to be a part of the inaugural pocono walk now for autism speaks. I would like to thank Tia and Melissa for working so close with me and helping me every step of the way. I cant wait to be apart of the pocono committee myself.I have some wonderful ideas for next year.

    I walk for those that suffer from autism
    I walk for those that cant walk themselves
    I walk to be a postive role model for my son
    I walk because I want to make a difference
    I walk to raise awareness
    I walk because my son is autistic
    I walk for caleb,my son the light of my life
    I walk for anyother child that suffers
    I walk for the families that struggle
    Walking that 5 miles was the most exciting thing I have ever done in my life.I met so many new and interesting people and for once I didnt feel alone.
    My son was welcomed with open arms and I know that he felt releaved.
    Thank you everyone for making this an experience that I will never ever forget

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