On October 1, the second annual Arkansas Walk Now for Autism Speaks will be held at the Clinton Presidential Center. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. and the walk starts at 10:00. This fundraising walk seeks to raise awareness of Autism Spectrum Disorders in our state, as well as funding for research and grants. Last year, the walk raised more than $83,000 for Autism Speaks and there were over 1,500 participants. This year’s goal is to raise $90,000 from 1,700 and 125 teams.
The honorary chairman of this year’s event is KTHV Channel 11 Meteorologist Ed Buckner, who has a family member living with Asperger’s Disorder. “It is my hope that more and more people can benefit from the work of Autism Speaks. I’m so glad to be honorary chairman for this year’s event,” said Buckner.
Savvy Kids has a horse in this race, as it were: one of our own staff, Tracy Whitaker, is the mother of a little boy who has been diagnosed with Autism. His name is Liam, and he just started Kindergarten this fall. If you’d like to walk and don’t have a team – please consider joining Liam’s Little League. You can follow this link to sign up – www.walknowforautismspeaks.org – and remember, no financial contribution is necesssary. Just showing up in support of Liam and the thousands of other Arkansas children with Autism Spectrum Disorders is a great way to get your whole family involved with charity and the spirit of giving back.