The Third Annual Resources 4 Autism Community Walk was held on Saturday, April 27. This year the group tried something new as they walked around Clonts Field instead of down town. The change was made to better suit those who could not walk back to their vehicles and to also keep everyone in one safe place as they enjoyed their day. “I wanted to give a big “Thank YOU” to the Troy School District for letting the Autism Walk take place on their facilities. It’s always great to see the schools help out with a cause that touches so many children’s lives,” explained JoEllen Kessler, of Resources 4 Autism.
Hundreds of people participated in the fundraiser this year as they came out with team shirts and signs to show their support and love for those who have autism. The gloomy weather didn’t reflect the smiling faces as they walked laps around the track and headed inside the Main Street Elementary Gym. Inside there were bounce houses, vendors, face painting/press-on tattoo stations, hula hoops, jump ropes, large parachutes and much more for kids of all ages to play with.
“Everyone told me they had a great time, kids and parents alike,” said Kessler. “I wanted to thank all my educational vendors that made it out. They had a lot of great programs and information for the participants”.
Hotdogs, provided by Troy Kiwanis, chips, provided by Parkside Mini Mart and Troy Rotary, and water, provided by Sonic were handed out after the walk.
“I think everything went great. We had a lot of walkers, and support this year and hope that everyone can make it back out, and bring some friends for the next fundraiser,” said Kessler.
Next year’s Community Walk is already in the works. Resources 4 Autism is hoping to have the event at Clonts Field again. It’s never too early to form a team for next year’s walk. Get your team captains ready and start fundraising!
All of the funds that were raised during the Autism Walk will go towards the Resources 4 Autism grant that is set up to help Lincoln County children and families who suffer from autism. This could mean covering the cost of some medical bills, therapy, or even a camp that the child wants to go to. Resources 4 Autism has monthly meetings on the second Friday of the month in the lower level of the Firehouse in Troy. For more information on the autism grant, contact JoEllen Kessler at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 636-248-1728.