Having a child with any diagnosis can be difficult and I feel strongly about supporting anything we can. I also participated last year so that our kids could help support our military kids and their families as we know firsthand the toll having an autistic child can take on the whole family and our daughter who is 17 now had a hard time over the years always understanding why her brother was treated so differently.
Another reason we did this last year and will continue to is that we made this a family event and my husband was deployed during the last walk. During that deployment we attended several memorials services and were visiting Balboa hospital on a regular basis and this walk allowed myself and the kids to get out and enjoy a fun family day that will now as long as we are in California will be a yearly event for us.
A lot of people do not understand autistic children and too many times the poor children slip through the cracks and it is not fair. I may not remember every moment of my kids growing up but I will never forget the challenges of going through the system and even more so the challenges on the home front dealing with doctors, schools, IEP's and all the things that go with having an autistic child or any child with a medical diagnosis.
This race was amazing for our family last year and it in turn made myself and the kids want to do more this year.
We have also worked on improving our walk times....