Walk Now For Autism Speaks at Jones Beach - Sunday October 2, 2011

Come take a walk at Jones Beach next Sunday October 2, 2011 to support a family you know touched by the effects of Autism.

By Mark T. Freeley, Esq. (Open Post)September 25, 2011 at 10:49pm

Next Sunday my family and I will be walking for Autism Speaks at Jones Beach State Park at Field 5. Registration and this rolling start walk is from 9am to 1pm, the walk is 3 miles long on the Boardwalk. We were introduced to this event last year by my closest friend, whose son Edward is affected by Autism. Edward is 9 months older than my son, so I am able to see all the ways that my friend's life and relationships have been changed by having a son with Autism. I think the hardest thing about it for my friend, is not being able to have that close personal relationship with his son. The relationship that every father dreams of and assumes he will be able to enjoy. There is also an impact on the dreams he has for his son, in terms of being able to be independent and enjoy all that life has to offer. It is truly heartbreaking, and you pray everyday that a cure will be found so that your child can enjoy a "normal" life. I see it and hear it when I am with my friend, there is truly a hole in his heart, a constant ache.

Knowing the effects that Autism has, I do my best everyday not to take my relationship with my children for granted. That personal bond is a precious gift and it is difficult to know that my friend cannot share this with his son. This devastating loss is occurring in so many family across Long Island that it is downright scary. Just in my neighborhood I know several families that have a beautiful child affected by Autism. I bet it is safe to say that everyone knows of a family that has a child with Autism.

The best thing that we can do is to band together to spiritually support these families and to financially support the great research being funded by Autism Speaks. Please join me next week at Jones Beach to show the family that you know affected by Autism that you understand their challenges and that you want to help find a cure. You can join my friend's team, Edward's Army or my team, Storm Troopers in support of Edward's Army.

Please join us, it really is a great event and nice way to spend a little bonding time with your family on a Fall Sunday at the beach.