Monday, January 30, 2012

2012 WalkAbout Autism

Saturday, January 28, 2012 Dan and I participated for our second year in the WalkAbout Autism 2012. It was once again held at the Miami Dolphins Stadium. There was a strong turnout for the event brought to the area by Dan and Claire Marino and the Dan Marino Foundation.

Claire and Dan Marino along with Rachel and Jeff Ireland acted ran the ceremonies. This walk is near and dear to their hearts as both couples have children diagnosed with Autism. WalkAbout Autism increases the awareness and raises money to find a cure and better treatments for those who have been diagnosed with Autism.

It was a beautiful day for the event and approximately 17,000 people came out to help raise awareness. The morning was kicked off with a few words from Dan Marino and Jeff Ireland, a ribbon cutting ceremony, and the Star Spangled Banner. The walk was held around the stadium. There were food sponsors, a DJ, autographs from players and alumni and kids activities such as bouncy houses and slides set up inside the stadium to help celebrate the end of the walk. According to the Miami Dolphins official website, the event raised $700,000!

Dan and I were on team Lucky Charms. Lucky Charms was put together by Hannah and Haley Ireland and their parents Jeff and Rachel. 

To read more on this event visit the Miami Dolphins website here.

Here are two videos I took with my phone at the event. One is the Star Spangled Banner performed by 4 autistic adolescents and assistant directed by 1. The other video is of the ribbon cutting ceremony at the beginning of the event.


A few pictures from Saturday - Courtesy of the Miami Dolphins

Team Lucky Charms!

People celebrating inside of the stadium.

 Left to right- Dan Carpenter, Tyrone Culver, Marlon Moore, Rachel and Jeff Ireland, Mike Pouncey, and Brandon Fields.

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