Wow! It's time for the 8th Annual Imagine Walk and Family Fun Day! It seems like only yesterday we were huddled inside the Goddard Park Carousel hoping someone would come out and walk. Thank you to the original 500 walkers! The Imagine Walk has grown each year and now we are planning to welcome close to 5,000 walkers on April 25, 2010.
We have been so lucky to have a big team of repeat walkers and supporters every year! Here's one of my favorite pictures. It has family members, local friends, past HBTS workers, God Mothers and friends of mine from the 60s! What a beautiful group!
Patrick's Pacers will be walking again this year. It is our goal to raise $10,000! It's a big number, but I'm confident we can do it. Our organization is struggling to keep up with our budget with ongoing Medicaid cuts, natural disasters and local flooding. There are so many in need and our families are at the top of the list as they work to get the flood waters out of their homes while keeping their children with autism safe.
Also, if we raise $10,000, the trainers at the Autism Project will go to a school and provide 18 hours of targeted training for 30 teachers and other school personnel.
Don't forget to see if your company matches charitable contributions. It's a great way to double or triple your gift!
Patrick is now a soon to be 15 year old. He is a freshman and loves school. He is working hard to get the work done and to keep pace with his classmates. It's hard for him, but he (and his parents) are determined to have him graduate with his class. Being with "those cool freshmen" is probably the single most important thing for Patrick.
Patrick participated in the drama club's musical this year, is reading Shakespeare, playing basketball with Special Olympics and attended his first dance with his Best Buddy friends. Danny and Michael are the best brothers anyone could hope for. Dan's getting it done as a sophomore in high school and Michael is burning a trail across Marist College campus.
Thank you all for your continued support. I look forward to seeing many of you at Goddard Park on April 25 and will keep the long distance supporters in my heart. Your love and support is why we are where we are today!
P.S. We need your help! RI Monthly recognizes the Best of Rhode Island. The Autism Project is up for Best Non Profit! Please vote for us!! You don't have to live in RI to vote. Click on the link and fill in The Autism Project under Statewid Non Profit. Thank you! https://www.rimonthly.com/Rhode-Island-Monthly/Best-of-Rhode-Island/Best-of-Rhode-Island-Ballot/