2013 Annual Autism Walk/Run

This is our big annual fundraiser that we depend on to help the kids and families affected by the Austistic spectrum!

Url: http://cfaii.org

&nbsp;Autism:&nbsp; A lifelong developmental disability affecting 1 in 88 that appears by the age of 3 and is characterized by impairment of the ability to form normal social relationships, by impairment of the ability to communicate with others, and by stereotyped behavior patterns.<br><br>April is Autism Awareness Month.<br><br>Over the past few years, we have shared with you some of the challenges that our family has faced with our son with autism.&nbsp; Christopher is now 20 years old and each year brings different successes and obstacles.&nbsp; We are blessed that he is a dedicated student who is bound and determined to make it on his own.<br><br>When he was diagnosed many years ago, we felt alone with no where to turn.&nbsp; Due to the generosity of so many, the awareness level has greatly increased and we now have services that have previously been unavailable in Polk County.&nbsp; Many of these services are the result of the tremendous efforts of the Central Florida Autism Institute, Inc. and its Center for Applied Behavior Analysis &amp; Therapy.&nbsp; Last year CFAII was able to offer 5 full scholarships to summer camp; train 82 local police officers about autism and how to respond to our children in an emergency; continue to offer quality behavior programming at significantly reduced rates; provide free monthly trainings for parents on everything from how to implement behavior strategies at home, to how to obtain guardianship of their child at the age of 18; relocate to a larger facility to meet our growing needs, and much more!<br><br>I, Sonia, Christopher, Nicholas and Alex will be participating in the event and would appreciate your support to help me reach my fundraising goal.<br><br>Here are some of the ways you can help:<br><br>Join our Team -The 9th Annual Autism Awareness Walk/5K &amp; Family Fun Day will be held on Saturday, April 13, 2013 from 7:00 AM – 2:00 PM at Anchor Park on beautiful Lake Hollingsworth across from Florida Southern College in Lakeland.&nbsp; Some of us will be participating in the 5K which begins at 7 am and some of us will be participating in the walk and family activities which begin at 9 am. You may register online by going to their website at <a target="" title="" href="http://www.cfaii.org">www.cfaii.org</a>.<br><br>Spread the Word - Please share about our event to friends, family members, co-workers, fellow church members, etc. The more people who participate, the more autism awareness we can spread and the more money we raise to support the families living with autism today!<br><br>Make a One Time Donation - All donations are tax deductible and stay right here in Central Florida to support our families living with autism today. To make a donation is very easy. Simply click on the DONATE button above and contribute.<br><br>You can even put in our team name, Awareness is Key, so that our team gets credit for the donations.<br><br>To learn more about CFAII, please visit their website at <a target="" title="" href="http://www.cfaii.org">www.cfaii.org.<br></a><br>The Lakeland Troianos thank for your help and support...we know you will come through for us!<br><br>With much love,<br><br>The Troiano Family,<br>Nick, Sonia, Christopher, Nicholas and Alex<br><br>*Don't be shy!!! Spread the word to your families and friends...and anyone else you think would be interested in helping!