Walk for Autism takes its first steps toward success

JR Ortega By JR Ortega

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.



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