ELLSWORTH – The annual autism awareness walk was held early Tuesday morning at Knowlton Park in Ellsworth.
This was a two-mile walk that welcomed all participants in the community and aimed to help raise awareness for autism in the community, each mile was one step closer to help raise autism awareness.
Downeast Horizons Executive Director Anthony Zambrano said the common goal for this year’s walk is to provide resources for kiddos and adults with autism.
“This walk is to raise awareness. Early invention is the key to helping kiddos with autism. If you can help a kiddo who is 3 or 4 years old early on, they may not need any help their whole lives,” he said.
He also said the proceeds from the walk-a-thon will allow the growth of resources to help support autism at the Downeast Horizons library and support various social integration programs for children with autism.
Johnathan Morrison, an autism walk participant, was excited to be a part of this year’s walk. He gave a shoutout to his family and expressed his gratitude for his father and uncle, “I love you, Pop. I love you, Tito.”
Robin Misvey, an Autism walk participant says, “I’m so glad that I get to do this when they have it because it’s just so rewarding when they do this to actually know that I’m giving back to my community and to know that the money goes for a good cause.”
Participants said they were happy to walk in Ellsworth in a COVID-19 safe environment.
“It’s really nice to give back to people and we really enjoy this,” said Ray Quimby, an autism walk participant.