Autism Speaks Canada Walk: Vancouver / Richmond 2018
Walk goal of $92,000.00
Campaign Fundraising Goal: $84,000.00
|When: Sunday, September 30, 2018||Registration Begins: 08:30 am|
|Where: Goodlife Fitness Family Autism Hub||Official Walk Start: 10:00 am|
|Address: 3688 Cessna Drive, Richmond BC (Directions)|
|Walk Distance: 1 & 2 km|
National Walk Ambassadors: The Roberts Family
Adrian is an outgoing, happy, affectionate, and energetic 18 year old with a notorious half-grin that predicts mischief.
Adrian, with his older brother Connor, his mom Joy and his dad Neil, as well as his Granny Shirley, Auntie Leanne, cousin Marron and, of course, his autism support dog, Brooks, form the family core of Adrian’s team and we have been a part of the Vancouver/Richmond Autism Speak Walk since its beginning in 2008.
Adrian was first diagnosed with autism at age 3 and it was very difficult for all of us. At that point, he had no language and his communication challenges led to frequent meltdowns. Sleep problems and epilepsy pushed all of us to our limits. Over the years, we built up support with a great behavioural consultant, great behavioural interventionists, resource teachers, SEAs and medical professionals, some great agencies as well as other special, caring individuals who got us through the tough times. It takes a different extended family to get through these issues and we are very grateful for the help we have received.
That is why, when the first Autism Speak Walk started in 2008, we were quick to join in and form Adrian’s Team - and have been back every year. As a family, we wanted to bring awareness, support and start a dialogue. Community understanding and acceptance go a long way in making the world better for everyone impacted by this disorder. We love the cause which has amazing free resources for individuals, families, schools and professions. We love the vision which looks to support adults as well as children with autism. We love the event which, each year, brings more awareness in the community, raises much needed funds and designs an inclusive event the whole family can enjoy.
Today Adrian attends high school, and he has some language capability. Although there are ups and downs, melt downs are a thing of the past. He is active in swimming, horseback riding, basketball, bowling, jumping on trampolines and loves riding the bus and skytrain.
He’s preparing for the transition from school into adult life and more adventures to come.
Adrian is honored to be the 2018 Vancouver/Richmond Autism Speak Walk Regional Ambassador. He looks forward to seeing you there this year!
The Walk includes fun activities, performers and snacks, before and after the Walk. Arrive early to give yourself lots of time to visit and enjoy the event with your family and friends!
Upon arrival at your Walk, please proceed to Registration to submit your cash and cheque donations with your pledge form(s). Ensure that your pledge form is clearly labeled with your name and team name (if part of a team) to ensure that you and your team receive recognition for all donations collected.
Be sure to visit the Resource Fair area to learn more about the services and programs that are available in your community. Resource Fairs are a part of our signature Walks. Please contact your Regional Field Staff for more information or to inquire about a Resource Fair at your Walk.
The Autism Speaks Canada Walk event will commence with the opening ceremonies where all participants are invited to gather near the stage for presentations, stories, and fundraising updates. The Walk begins with an official countdown from the stage.