[Updated] The largest autism advocacy organization in the United States is holding its Autism Speaks Walk at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena on April 24, as a fundraising event dedicated to improving the lives of people with autism.
The Los Angeles Walk is one of several Autism Speaks Walks happening across the U.S. on that day and at other dates throughout the year.
“These walks are community events powered by love and built on the commitment of individuals like you,” organizers said.
“I wouldn’t change my son for anything,” Jennifer Jones, whose eldest son is severely affected by autism, told KABC at a previous Autism Walks event. “Autism has actually brought a lot of wonderful things to my life because I’ve met so many wonderful people, and we’ve really come together as a community,” said Jennifer Jones, whose eldest son is severely affected by autism.
Pre-registered walkers, children under 18 and individuals with autism walk for free. Unregistered walkers on the day of the event will be asked to pay a $10 fee.
Parking is free around the stadium. Service dogs are the only pets allowed at the Rose Bowl. Water will be provided. Rose Bowl will sell concessions.
During the event day, registration and the resource fair opens at 8 a.m., an opening ceremony will be held at 9:30 a.m., and the 5K Walk begins at 10 a.m. A finish line celebration happens at 11 a.m. and the event is expected to be over by 1 p.m.