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Third annual Walk the Spectrum
February 9 @ 8:00 am - 2:00 pm$15
My Autism Connection, a local autism support organization, will hold its third annual Walk the Spectrum event Saturday, Feb. 9, 2019, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Estero Community Park. The community walk and 5K run event is open to the public. Registration to participate in the walk starts at $15 per person and the 5K is $30 per runner, with a group discount of $80 for a family of five runners. The chip-timed 5K starts at 8 a.m. and the walk starts at 10 a.m.
“Walk the Spectrum brings our community together to support the children and families affected by autism,” said Sandra Worth, My Autism Connection’s executive director. “We are excited to be holding this event for the third year and look forward to sharing once again about autism and how it affects children, young adults and their families.”
Walkers, families and friends can visit informational and vendor booths, and enjoy food trucks and activities, including bubble soccer, face painting and a bounce house for all ages. Entertainment will include a talent show by MAC members, Pound Fit, a Zumba demo and more.
Raffle prizes will be announced to winners throughout the day, which include amusement park tickets, local destination passes, gift cards and more. All funds raised through Walk the Spectrum will be used locally to support individuals with autism develop skills toward independence in the community, while building healthy relationships.
Event sponsors include 3Fold Aerial, AltaHOPE, Durti Runners, Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida, Florida Autism Center, DeVoe Cadillac, Elite DNA Therapy Services, Costco, Chick-Fil-A and Dr. Brett Vartdal, DMD Family & Cosmetic Dentistry.
My Autism Connection is a volunteer-run organization. Board members include Executive Director Sandra Worth, Vice President Tree Tietsort, Secretary Erika Kiah, Treasurer Dawn Davis, and Directors Paul Makurat, Amy D’Alessandro, Lisa Portnoy, Manya Vartdal, Taylor Walker and Dustin Worth.
Registration and full event details are available online at www.walkthespectrum.org.
My Autism Connection was started in 2011 to fill a need for individuals with Asperger’s and high-functioning autism and their families. The organization assists by building friendships through social interaction and developing skills that promote productivity, employment and independence within the community. Through collaboration with federal and state agencies, the organization strives to grow its services and facilitate workshops to broaden awareness nationwide. For more information, visit www.myautismconnection.net.