Tuesday, April 28, 2009

The walk-a-thon!!!

Saturday was the Autism Awareness Walk-a-thon that raised $ for a local camp for autistic children. Me, the kiddos, and my SIL went and walked...I was REALLY nervous how the kids would do walking a mile...well worried about one kid...after all, walking from wal-mart to the parked car is a VERY long walk during a melt-down...I was worried about how long a mile might feel! But he did fine! After the walk, they had lunch for us, and was quite excited to see they had GF options for everything, chips snack etc. After lunch the kids played for several hours on inflatables, and Isaiah ran into a little girl from school, who's sister is an ASD kiddo. After that we played at the nearby playground until the kids were exhausted. They all 3 crashed out on the ride home, and vegged out the rest of the day! I even fell asleep at 7 o'clock lol...this year I didn't really give myself a fund raising goal since it was our first year...figured at least a hundred...but every year my goal is to top myself. This year I raised $500...so next year my goal is to beat that!!!
I'm looking forward to this being an annual event for our family. Oh and want to know what one of my favorite parts was???? As I watched my son standing in line waiting his turn for the inflatable slide...I watched him stim like he always does when he's excited...but guess what NOBODY STARED!!!!!!!! And he wasn't the only one! Being ok, to just be us...felt so good


Heather said...

Way to go on your fundraising!! Woohoo!! I'm so glad you did this- I think it means so much to us as parents to watch our kids in a busy environment do their thing and not feel pitied or worse by others around us! It's so nice to feel like we "belong" somewhere!!

Bridgett said...

$500 is amazing! Great job.

And girl...I know just what you mean about the stimming and how great it feels to just be us with nobody staring.

I've been there too.

Glad you had a great time.


Christina said...

That is awesome Michelle, WTGo!!! Sounds like a great day!