Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Walk Now for Autism 2011 Results

The 2011 Walk Now for Autism Speaks was held September 10th at Jordan Valley Park in Springfield, Missouri. We had a great turn out, with over 1200 people in attendance. That is about 300 more than last year. We also had more teams sign up and more publicity. KTTS did an awesome job as our radio sponsor and we also had KY3 do a community interest story on their nightly news, thanks to Ashley Reynolds.  And Jack Henry and Associates blew us away with their donation of over $13,000 from their annual golf tournament. THANK YOU!!!

Our goal was to raise $88,000. Because of the economy and perhaps the generous hearts towards the Joplin tornado, we don't think we will hit goal, but never the less we had a great day and a great turn out. As of today we think our total is somewhere around $73,000.

Jason was one of the co-chairs for the walk this year and I helped with the food donation, pick-up and walk day set-up. We love helping with this organization. Autism Speaks is funding research to try to find a cure for the autism spectrum disorders. They also fund community grants, family services and awesome kits that put a plan in the hands of devastated parents.

Our team, Zion's Tribe, set a goal this year of $1000. This is a low goal, compared to last years $4300, but because of our crazy summer of travelling with Jason and family vacations we just didn't have enough time to put into our fundraising.  I think our total is going to be around $1500 this year though. That will provide a lot of 100 day kits and perhaps a small autism cares grant for victims of the tornado or another natural disaster.

If you would still like to give, donations are still being accepted through December.
Our Fundraising site is :

Thank you so much for all your prayers for Zion and for supporting us every year in this endeavor.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

This is why we walk!

The first part of this video is when Zion was four and a half. He was just starting to speak, but his receptive language (understanding of our speech to him) was very low. He was diagnosed at age two and a half, so he had already had two years of aggressive therapy when this video was taken.

The second part of the video is him today.  Today he is working at age level school work, with a little help in special education. He has friends and social connections. He is always willing to try new experiences, such as: rock climbing, camping, water slides, travelling, and roller coasters. He even conquered a long fear of animatronics (mechanical people) when he rode an inside roller coaster at Silver Dollar City this past week. He is able to try new foods and always expresses himself fully now. He has a great sense of humor and he always cracks us up. We are expecting amazing things from him as he grows up, because he is an amazing kid!

Please support our team, Zion's Tribe
Walk Now for Autism Speaks
September 10th, 2011
Jordan Valley Park, Springfield, Missouri
Registration Starts at 9am
Walk Begins at 10am

Press this link to take you to the Autism Speaks Fundraising Site to join our team and to donate-
Zion's Tribe Fundraising Site

Thank you so much,
Jason and Tara