Walk for Autism sets $250K goal

Participants in Autism Delaware’s statewide Walk for Autism in both Lewes and Wilmington
enjoy a path with a water view, a celebration in the event’s fun zone, and lunches
purchasable from food trucks. Pictured are Shanika Martin and Rob Dixon from
the 2017 event in Lewes. As volunteers, they donate their time to ensure that more of
the raised funds go where they’re needed. (Submitted photo)

NEWARK — Autism Delaware recently announced that the statewide Walk for Autism starts at 9 a.m. on Saturday, April 14, at Cape Henlopen State Park in Lewes. The Wilmington walk takes place April 21 in Fox Point State Park.

The event coordinators hope to attract 3,000 walkers and to raise $250,000 for Autism Delaware’s programs and services. In addition to striving to meet the needs of individuals with autism across their lifespans, Autism Delaware strives to reach the autism community across the entire state.

“We want to support our community so everyone can live full, productive lives,” said Autism Delaware executive director Teresa Avery. “As the community grows, we need to continue to grow, too. The walk promotes and highlights our services that are available in all three counties. Our programs include expanded family support services, advocacy, awareness, and adult employment and community resources.”

A celebration as well as a fundraiser, Autism Delaware’s Walk for Autism also runs a fun zone where children can enjoy hands-on crafts. And next door to the fun zone, the newest and latest in products and services are on display especially for individuals and families affected by autism. The picnic areas invite all participants to enjoy their homemade lunches or their purchases from food trucks open for business in the parks.

To make this statewide event run smoothly, Autism Delaware relies on the expertise of volunteers and the generosity of sponsors. Sponsors support the effort with much-needed funding. And to ensure that more of the raised funds go where they’re needed, volunteers, such as the Home Depot team as well as Autism Delaware employees, donate their time to help.

For more information, to register, or to sponsor the Walk for Autism, visit AutismDelaware.org. To volunteer, call 302-224-6020, or send an email of interest to volunteers@delautism.org.

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