In just 17 days, our family will be joining countless other families all across the country in a walk for childhood apraxia. I have never done this. Yes, I receive the phone calls from people asking for financial support for various causes....and I give it. Yes, I have seen Chicago's Grant Park overflowing with people and balloons for various walks...and I cheer them on. But I have NEVER taken part in one personally. And this is personal. Because on that day, hundreds of other parents, siblings, friends, neighbors, family members, and those just downright concerned with the futures of our speech-struggling children will be walking. It is only one mile. But it will make a huge difference for these children. All of the proceeds of this walk will be going to CASANA, the leader in research for those suffering from Childhood Apraxia of Speech. And on that day, nothing else will matter. Not therapy schedules. Not self-contained classrooms. Not ignorant insurance companies. Not people who don't care to learn about our plight. Our "Windy City Apraxia" support group has already raised over $16,000.00 for this cause.
If you cannot support us with a financial donation, would you please support "Kaitlyn's Krew" in spirit Think of her at 9:00am on October 17, 2009. Think of the countless other parents out there who will be joining us. Think of the hundreds of other people who will be walking somewhere in an organized walk for apraxia somewhere in the United States. Even though many of our children can't say the words correctly, they are saying "Thank You!" From the bottom of my heart...Thank You.