2012 Georgia
Walk Now for Autism Speaks

Sunday, May 20, 2012

“Join Autism Speaks as we walk to change the future for all who struggle with autism!

Walk Now for Autism Speaks is a fun-filled, family friendly event and is our single most powerful force to fund vital research that will lead us to the answers we need. Experience the power of thousands united by a single cause by joining Walk Now for Autism Speaks. Autism is the fastest-growing serious developmental disorder in the U.S. – we need more volunteers to join our fight. Whether this is your first walk or the 10th, take the first step and register today. You will not only raise funds, but you will become a part of a fun and supportive family focused community.

Every 11 minutes, another family receives the devastating news that their child has an autism spectrum disorder. Help us change that! Start fundraising today. Whether you strive to join our new “Grand Club” (walkers that raise $1,000 or more) or sell lemonade to boost your total or create your own unique event, you become a part of the solution! Don’t wait another minute – start a corporate, school or family team today!”


Interested in registering to walk? Visit HERE

Notice who the Top Individual Fundraiser is on the Walk link above? (as of 5/2/12) It’s Davis Leard, with $11,630.00! Davis is an old friend and former Walk partner of my son Merritt, who is also on the Autism Spectrum.

The Backstage Beat interviewed Kathleen Leard last year, and although some dates and times have changed since last year, there’s a lot of great information in this interview about Autism as well as the Walk.


Please consider supporting friends of The Backstage Beat, Davis and Kathleen Leard. Davis’s donation page is here –

You can help them stay in the #1 spot by donating!

You can also register to join Davis’s Dream Team as a walker here –


Whether you donate, register to walk, or cheer on the participants at Atlantic Station on the morning of May 20th, you’ll be supporting an important cause. Autism affects an ever-increasing number of children worldwide, 1 in 88 children now! “Autism Speaks, it’s time to listen!”