There are many different awareness walks and conventions that take place around Oklahoma City throughout the year. This May 5th, is the PieceWalk and 5k marathon put on by the good people at www.autismoklahoma.org.
The reason that this walk is so different from many of the others is that it is local. This group is one that works to make sure that all of the money they raise is directly given to help families with autistic families in Oklahoma, and one hundred percent of the money raised stays in Oklahoma to benefit families here. In fact, the walks for the last two years have helped to provide funding to programs that have benefitted families all throughout the state. There have been close to $87,500 worth of grants awarded in the last two years alone.
In addition to the walk and run, there are a lot of events that are tied into the Resource Fair that is going on at the same time. Since the walk takes place downtown at the Chickasha Ballpark, there is plenty of room inside for booths and vendors. There will be everything from cake sales to car washes to help raise money. Also, there are a number of different autism programs that have been set up to provide information to families with autistic children. There are also activities from bounce houses to face painting, and food and drink, for the kids.
If you know someone that has been affected by autism in Oklahoma, then this is a great way to get out and show support. Even if you don’t, there are plenty of things for families to do and enjoy for free on a Saturday morning at the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark. Registration for the event starts at 7:30, and the walk begins at 8:30.
It is free to walk, but if you are someone who enjoys running, then you might be interesting in signing up for the 5k race, which starts at 9:00. Since there are prizes awarded for the race, there is a small registration fee of $35.00; however, this fee is reduced by $5.00 if you register online beforehand. The closing ceremonies will be at 10:00 am.
Other blogs about Autism and the Autism Walk:
Cindy’s Blog is also on a past race, but she discusses what it’s like to have four grandsons with autism.