Monday, March 25, 2013

Wow.. What a Walk! (Flashback to October 2012)

On October 13th 2012, we joined thousands of people in downtown St. Louis for the annual "Walk Now For Autism Speaks".  It was an amazing event!! This was their 10th  walk and their biggest yet with over 20,000 people participating.

Our team shirts were designed by my daughter Jessica.  She pretty much put our team together.. I was a proud momma!!  She not only created the shirts and found a place to get them made, she sent out invites on Facebook and kept track of who was coming.  It meant a lot to me for her to take charge. 

"Team Trey" consisted of my daughters and their friends.  It meant so much to me to have these young people join us to support their friend's little brother and walk for awareness!  We also had my daughter's boyfriend's parents join us.. how cool is that?!  It was just an awesome group!

But the one person on our "Team Trey" that inspired me the most was Dean. I work with Dean at Target.  He is a 21 year old college student working there part time while he finishes his elementary education degree.  Dean has a gift of genuinely caring about the development and needs of children and is always wanting to learn more.  He has a great sense of humor and a heart of gold.  I think Trey sensed this early on because before he could even walk, Dean was his buddy.  He was one of the first people Trey made eye contact with and gave a "high-five" to.  Dean didn't hesitate when I asked him to join our team for the walk!!  He's going to make a great teacher one day.

"This is why I do what I do everyday! One day I am going to have my own classroom and when I make a difference in one child's life....then my job is done!" (Dean)
It wasn't just a walk.  There were lots of booths with great information about Autism resources.  Free food.  Jump house and a giant bubble machine for the kids.   Just an all-around day of fun!!

I couldn't get over how many people where there.  Thousands.. all with their own story.  It was sad to think Autism affected every one of these people somehow.  But at the same time, it was comforting to know we weren't alone.  It was the first time in many months we took Trey somewhere and knew that if a meltdown happened or other behaviors, we wouldn't be judged.

We will be back for the 2013 Walk! 

Representin' Team Trey!

Proud Parents <3 br="">

My girls with Fredbird!

Team Trey's Coach

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