Posted by: smofadmin | April 24, 2012

2012 Lehigh Valley Walk Now for Autism Speaks

Team Macungie’s Mystery Train Gang’s Gina, Jason and Christian Fuhrman cut the ribbon to start the 2012 Walk

I walk for my son who has autism. I walk for my daughter who is typical. I walk for my immediate and extended family. I walk for generations to come.”  -Grape Jelly on Pizza, one of the Lehigh Valley Walk’s top teams (via Facebook)

On a glorious April day, thousands of walkers joined forces on Saturday, April 21 at the Lehigh Parkway in Allentown, PA for the 6th Annual Lehigh Valley Walk Now for Autism Speaks.  In our 6th year, the Lehigh Valley Walk has become a day for families to reunite with old friends and meet new friends, all joined in the common fight to raise awareness and funds for Autism Speaks.  We have raised over $405,000 to date, and are well on our way to reaching our 2012 goal of $575,000.

Founding Walk Chair Karen Barbarics shares a Walk Day moment with her son Jack, 6.

Walk Chair Nancy Miltenberger welcomed the crowd. Nancy’s twin grandsons, James and Thomas Garrou, are both on the autism spectrum.  Nancy was joined on stage by Mike Kelly and Steph Wells from the B104 Morning Show, our day’s emcees.  Bearman and Keith from WZZO and Bob Holder from AM 1470 The Fox were also on hand to greet the Walkers!  Special thanks to national sponsors Toys “R” Us and Babies “R” Us and Gold Sponsors Air Products, Josh Early Candies, and Lehigh Valley Acura, Honda, Hyundai.  Media sponsors Clear Channel Radio, 69News, The Morning Call and RCN provided excellent publicity!

Many thanks to the tireless Walk Committee who put in hours, days, weeks and months of work to ensure the Walk’s success. Please visit our Facebook page,, to post your team photos in our online community.

Donations are still being collected!  All donations received by the end of August will count toward your individual and team fundraising totals.  Donations may be made online or mailed to:

Autism Speaks/Donations
Attn: Lehigh Valley Walk
5455 Wilshire Boulevard, Ste 2250
Los Angeles, CA 90036-4272
**Please include a donation form including the following information: Lehigh Valley Walk, your name, your team name

THANK YOU LEHIGH VALLEY for an absolutely amazing 6th Annual Walk!

10,000 Walkers walked for Autism Speaks at Lehigh Parkway!


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