Why I Walk for Autism Speaks
My son was diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder in October of 2012 and our lives were changed forever. Everything we dreamed for our son was called into question; would he be able to live independently? How would we care for him? What can we do to help him and others with ASD? Our lives became consumed with researching treatments for ASD and working our networks to find the best possible treatments available for our little boy.
Preston began therapy twice a day, 6 days a week, none of which was covered under insurance. Every night we would rock him to sleep and whisper in his ear "We know you're in there, and we're coming to get you."
We joined forces with Autism Speaks and fought for 4 years to change legislation in Georgia to have autism related therapies covered by insurance. I was recently honored to join the executive board of the Georgia Chapter of Autism Speaks last year and continue to fight for our son and the autism community. Our hard work has paid off as Georgia recently passed legislation to cover autism treatments through age 20!
Preston recently turned 8. He still receives weekly therapy, and has had an amazingly successful year of second grade where has been in a classroom with typically functioning peers. He still has his struggles but has made wonderful friends, can show love and receive love, and for that I am forever grateful. He has become an avid reader and loves math! His autism makes him 1 in 42, but his smile and spirit make him one of a kind.
This year’s Autism Speaks walk is at Atlantic Station on the morning of April 28, 2019. This is a fantastic event for families and the whole day is geared around empowering the autism community. We invite you to join our family in walking this year. Opening ceremonies begin at 9:00am.
Thank you for all of your support!
Team East Side Elementary (Benner)
I earned my Walk Tee Shirt!
Striving to become Grand Club member
I raised $1,000 and became a Grand Club Member!
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|4/28/2019||Atlantic Station - Pinnacle Lot~1371 Market Street~Atlanta, GA 30363||8:00am - Registration Opens~9:00am - Opening Ceremonies Begin~9:30am - Walk Begins~12:00pm - Event Concludes||Kaitlyn Morris 770-451-0570 x 77964 firstname.lastname@example.org|
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