The Erie community showing up in full force to the 2019 annual “Walk for Autism” on Saturday.
“It’s so fun, it’s so nice to see everybody bring their pets with them, they bring their families and you reunite with people you haven’t seen since last year,” said Heather Evans. Evans’ family is the chair family for the walk. Her son Logan was formally diagnosed with Autism in 2012.
She says this walk is more than just a fun event on Presque Isle. “Sometimes when you have a child diagnosed with Autism, you feel alone and when you come to events like this, you realize you have an entire community behind you supporting you,” Evans added.
The executive director of Autism Society of Northwestern Pennsylvania says this was a record setting year for the number of people involved in the walk. “It’s an overwhelming feeling, we have an amazing community and families and businesses that support our annual walk for Autism,” said Tish Bartlett, executive director of Autism Society of Northwestern PA.
Bartlett added that the walk is just one way you can help the Autism Society. “The Autism Society is around 12 months a year. Reach out to us, make a donation, come volunteer,” she said.
Meanwhile, Heather Evans is encouraging all the people who missed this year’s walk to participate next year. It will be held around the same time.