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Walk for Autism takes its first steps toward success

By JR Ortega
March 23, 2011 at 10:02 p.m.
Updated March 22, 2011 at 10:23 p.m.

IF YOU GO to the Barbecue

WHAT: Victoria Walk 4 Autism Barbecue

WHEN: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Sunday

WHERE: Club Movida, 2701 Lone Tree Road

COST: $6 a plate on Sunday or tickets can be purchased at Gabriella's Accents at 3804 John Stockbauer Drive

Plates will have brisket and trimmings

For more information, contact Valerie Medina at 361-648-9297 or e-mail

IF YOU want to walk 4 autism

WHAT: Victoria Walk 4 Autism

WHEN: 8 a,m. to 4 p.m., April 9. Registration from 8 to 9 a.m. and entertainment from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

WHERE: Riverside Park special events area

For more information, contact Valerie Medina at 361-648-9297 or Gary Moses at 361-573-2853.

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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