Monday, October 4, 2010

Come Together

If we are facing in the right direction, all we have to do is keep on walking. ~ Buddhist Saying

Under a dome of clear azure sky on a perfect 70 degree day, we come together.  The old and the young, the neurodiverse and the neurotypical; we come together.  Drawn to a central nucleus like foundling electrons, we spin, we are abuzz with vibrations. We transform from one into many, from many into one.  We represent with a sole purpose- a soul purpose.   

Today, we walk. 



We walk, one foot in front of the other, one step at a time.  Moving forward.  Each walks alone with purpose, and together with greater purpose. 


In times of hope and in times of need people have always come together.  It is a human behavior as old as humanity itself. We find in coming together a sense of purpose, pride, camaraderie, spirituality and protection from adversity. 


We come together to unite, to rally, to celebrate, to grieve, to witness and be witness to, to change, to protest, to triumph, to pray, to build and to rebuild.  There is, and has always been, a power in numbers and a strength in community goals. 



So we come together to participate in our county's Autism Walk.  No, it's not the big national walk headed by Autism Speaks.  It is a local walk which raises money to benefit our immediate community. The goal is not to fund more research, and not focus resources on awareness and early intervention campaigns. Instead the focus of this fundraising walk is simply to help those who are living with autism right now, today.  To help those who need resources and assistance in order to lead a joyful and productive life with Autism.  This is why we come together - to remind ourselves that it is not only a fight for the hope of a "cure," early detection, intensive intervention, and community awareness that are important.  We cannot forget quality of life issues for the many grown children who will not be "cured" and the families who love and support them, who care for them the entirety of their lives.  We deserve the highest quality of life too. 
We walk for a different kind of hope. Not hope to free the one you love from the grips of Autism, but hope that individuals living with Autism will lead a happy, rich, rewarding, inclusive life in a community that accepts them for who they are.



We may go through our own personal journeys alone but once a year, we all come together to see and be seen.  To laugh, to share, to remind, to walk... or to roll. 


Walking, one foot in front of the other, on a life long journey. Moving forward with our family, with our friends, with strangers whom we somehow intimately know.  One step and breath at a time.  Together and alone.  Alone and together.  We march along toward one collective destination; eyes always fixed upon our own private horizon of hope.


The littlest members of Team CB's Angels.
Our team raised $2,350.00 and the entire walk raised over $80,000.00. 


Elizabeth said...

Woo Hoo! I love that your walk is dedicated toward your community and immediate, quality of life needs. That is my passion -- thank you for this beautiful post with all the stunning photos and words. I would love to donate to this cause and wonder if you have a website?

Anonymous said...

I thought you might like to hear this song. I found it off of a nother blog i visit.

Anonymous said...

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Autism Mom Rising said...

Crying. This is glorious.

Cheryl D. said...

How wonderful and inspiration! I'm totally amazed! Congrats on the walk.

Being Me said...

Superb effort, team! What an uplifting day.

kario said...

I love it! What a beautiful idea, to help those in your immediate community cope with the challenges they have from day to day. What an absolute inspiration!

dluvscoke said...

It looks like you all had a good time and raised a lot of money. Good for you! I love your pics too.

Kim said...

Awesome job! Love the photos of the day!

Tanya @ TeenAutism said...

This brought tears to my eyes and gave me chills (the good kind). Coming together is so phenomenal. Beautiful post!

Anonymous said...

Have you ever heard of POAC( They do a lot towards the autism community in New Jersey. We attend as many events as we can provided by them and absolutely love what they do which is all for free for occupants with autism and their siblings.

There is this girl who is older, who is quite impacted by autism it seems, that attends a lot of their events also. I noticed their family set up a youtube of her- It shows a lot of events POAC offers that she seems to enjoy. She cannot speak, will bite, and is extremely self injurious from what I've witnessed, as a mother to two autistic children myself.

Might be your cup of tea? Anywho, love the pictures, just found your blog, looking through families in NJ fighting this disorder as well! Your daughters are very beautiful!

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