Saturday, Oct 22nd was the second ever
Walk for Apraxia Awareness in Richmond, VA
brief history.....our grandson has a very severe case of Apraxia
He does not speak, he tries to make sounds and sometimes
he can but that's it. Our daughter last year thought of why not
have a walk to raise awareness for Apraxia. We knew of no one
that had this. So she thought by doing this she could meet other
families and build a community. CASANA told her you may have trouble.
They told her others had tried to have a walk and they were
not able to get it off the ground.
But she thought why not try.
So last year was the first ever walk in Richmond.
they had warned her don't be surprised if it's really small
and you don't raise much money
well it surprised everyone, the walk last year raised
just over 12k and there were lots of walkers!!
This year, the second one, was not as big. Nicole was so busy with
a new baby she said she just didn't have the time to work
on it much. But was still nice, raised almost 4k and had about
100 people so that was great.
the 6 children there that have apraxia, they thought it was great
Our Maddox was in all of his glory!!
here's our son Jake and his fiancee working the registration table
Jacquelyn, Avery and our friend Debra worked the t-shirt table
here is my sister Kandi and my niece's husband Alex
Alex was so generous and set up the PA system for the walk
Really great to have family support and have them
just come to the walk
Nicole has a few tables set up with crafts for the kids to work on
Maddox had so much fun making the paper plate pumpkins
She has the event at the Sports Center of Richmond
nice to have indoor space especially on Saturday when it
was so windy. I couldn't imagine if we had to have all of this outside!
here is Nicole with one of the Shining Stars, Brayden
He was one of the participants last year so we
all loved seeing him come back
here's part of my silly group....haha
Maddox's brother....John Thomas
Maddox's sister, Lorraine
I could not take a picture of Maddox's other brother Gabe
poor guy had poison ivy all over his face :(
Even the adults were having fun painting the Halloween mask
One of my little Princess'.....Lorraine, 11 months old
My other little Princess.....Avery Grace, 17 months old
our sweet "almost" daughter-in-law Kayce
My sister Vickie who was one of the volunteers
Another shining star, Katie
we made posters for each of them
Shining star Brad
Our 2 beautiful daughters