Wow! We made it! Thank you to everyone who attended this year’s Dan River Autism Awareness 5k. It’s amazing to see such a great cause blossom over the years. I personally want to thank everyone for accepting me into the 5k family!
I came to the 5k knowing little about autism and what it entailed; with the inspiring stories families have told me about their children and loved ones, I now have a better perspective on the autism spectrum. While I do have a lot to learn, I’m thankful for everything this community has taught me.
One of the most memorable moments for me was the Go Blue on 4/2 event. When I saw everyone come out, all in blue, it really showed me the compassion this community has for one another. You guys alone were able to raise autism awareness while simultaneously raising money for the Autism Education Fund. Thank you!
Another event that I will hold close to my heart is the Sensory Experience. Witnessing students, faculty, and families with children who have autism learn about the array of sensory challenges people on the spectrum can face was very moving. Taylor Lester, a student at DCC shared, “It opened my eyes to see the tasks people with autism struggle with that I take for granted.” It was great seeing college students become so engaged with this event and learn so much in just a short amount of time.
However, by far my favorite time with the Autism 5k family was the day of the race! Seeing the weather forecast for rain, I was nervous whether or not people would show up. I soon found out that a little rain can’t stop a community like the 5k community from helping raise money for a cause families hold so dearly here. Seeing the smiles of the kids, families, teams, and students made all the hard work worth it!
Once again, thank you to everyone for accepting me into their family, teaching me about the spectrum, and exposing me to all the treasures of Danville. Dont worry! It’s not goodbye, it’s see you later!