Why The Walk?
The Walk for Autism-Virginia was started out of frustration and determination. My husband and I were struggling to afford therapies for our two sons. We checked into all of the area agencies to see if there was funding available to help us and found there was nothing. So I knew there must be more parents like us out there. I did some research and found a wonderful woman who had started a walk in another state. With her help and the help of some other determined parents of children with autism, we had our first Walk for Autism-Virginia, in a small community in Prince William County in October 2005. The money raised goes to help area families pay for therapy for children with autism. I am very proud of our walk and how it has grown over the years and am so happy that it is making a difference in the lives of children with autism.
Founder of Walk for Autism-Virginia
Barbara Wagner, Walk Coordinator
Kolette DeLaCruz, Registration and FCPS Liaison
Kathleen Mahon, Food and Fun
Rafael Hernandez, Publications
Dorothy Atkins, PR and Volunteers
Karrin and Michael Lukacs
Paula Emerson, Founder
Sarah Peterson, ASNV Executive Director
Please be aware that in addition to the above listed Committee Members there are many volunteers that we depend on who generously donate time and talent to make this walk possible.