Autism Speaks Canada Walk: Montréal 2017
|Campaign Walk Goal: $95,000.00||Campaign Fundraising Goal: $92,000.00|
|When: Sunday, May 28, 2017||Registration Begins: 08:30am|
|Where: Tomlinson Fieldhouse, McGill University||Official Walk Start: 11:00am|
|Address: 475 Pine Avenue West, Montréal, QC (Directions)||Event Ends: 12:30pm|
|Walk Distance: 3 km|
Local Walk Ambassador: Arianna
Arianna was a beautiful, happy baby. From the beginning, she loved to laugh, she loved to dance, was a bit of a clown and loved to be cuddled. To my husband and I, she appeared to be developing normally, although we thought her speech was a bit delayed and she didn’t really play with others or her toys very much. At 18 months, our family doctor referred us to a developmental specialist. During the long wait for the assessment, Arianna began to regress. The words she had became practically non-existent and her character began to change right in front of us as she became withdrawn into her own world. It was heartbreaking, not being able to hear her call us Mama or Papi anymore. Finally, 18 months later, Arianna was diagnosed with autism.
We remember the Doctor discussing her evaluation, and at that point, we didn’t realize that everything had a waiting list and access to the right services at the right time was unlikely. This was devastating for us. Arianna is 4 ½ now. She is still non-verbal. She can feed herself, is affectionate, loves hugs and is always really happy. She shows us every day that love doesn't need words.
Support has been everything to us. When people say it takes an army it is definitely the truth!
Arianna now has more support available to give her the help she needs.
Autism and other spectrum disorders are just beginning to get the visibility they require in order to provide government and private funding for research and resources.
As Arianna progresses, her needs will change, and we will continue to fight for her cause. We continue to learn how she sees and understands the world and have so much hope for her future!
Walk Chair: Lori-Ann Zemanovich
I am proud to be the 2017 Walk Chair and invite you to join us at the Autism Speaks Canada Montreal Walk on Sunday, May 28.
Chair, to me, is synonymous with cheerleader and as such, I want our Autism Speaks Canada community, all our loved ones and supporters to cheer the cause through their support of our Walk.
My son, Pietro, has been walking his entire life with autism and I have walked along by his side. Throughout his life’s adversities and challenges, we have come out the other side, walking with each other, walking in solidarity and in celebration with our comrades, our loved ones, our advocates and our support-service providers, all gathered under one proud Autism Speaks Canada banner.
It is with gratitude, pride and joy that I wave that banner!
So come walk with us, let us walk with you and let us all celebrate and support one-another.
Chair, Autism Speaks Canada Montreal Walk
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