Walk for Autism takes its first steps toward success
March 23, 2011 at 5:03 p.m.
Updated March 22, 2011 at 10:23 p.m.
Walks toward raising awareness for any cause, such as cancer and Down's Syndrome, is a great thing, but when Valerie Medina learned nothing was being done for autism in Victoria, it became personal.
Medina, who has a cousin with autism, wanted to do the sufferers of the disease justice and will have a barbecue benefit for the first Victoria Walk for Autism in April.
"We just wanted to bring more awareness," the 27-year-old Victoria resident said.
The planning began in November and at least 30 teams of 15 people each have signed up for the walk and 800 T-shirts have been ordered.
The goal is to hit 1,000, she said.
Aside from the walk, there will be a free Easter egg hunt, carnival, concession stands and information on autism from local resources.
All the money will go to the Autism Society in Austin, she said.
"We're just a family that wanted to bring awareness to the community," she said.