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Remember Our Apraxia Walk?

Posted Nov 29 2009 10:05pm

I found this memo on my Apraxia-Kids website.
Just wanted to share!

2009 Walk for Children with Apraxia of Speech, "Unlock our Voice, Open Our Future" a Great Success!
Thank you for your generous support of the 2009 walk-a-thon for children with apraxia of speech! Over 2,000 walkers helped to raise awareness about apraxia in 29 states and 3 countries. With your help, we raised over $225,000 to help the Childhood Apraxia of Speech Association of North America (CASANA) continue to provide support, information, research, and education about this serious speech disorder. Your generous donations and support will help CASANA to continue to provide these valuable resources so that children with apraxia of speech can reach their full potential. The success of this year’s fundraising efforts will also allow CASANA to expand these programs in 2010.

Congratulations to the top fundraising site, Abbie’s Angels/Long Island Walk for Children with Apraxia which raised over $41,000 for CASANA’s programs and research! We will be working with the Walk Coordinator to schedule a free “Apraxia 101” workshop in their community for Spring 2010.

All of the feedback that we have received so far has been that adults and children alike had a great time at the walks and that people are already looking forward to the 2010 Walks. Despite cold and rainy weather at some of the locations (Long Island had a Nor’Easter blow though the day of their walk!), people came out in large numbers to walk in support of our children.

A special thanks to all of the walk coordinators and volunteers around the country. Walk coordinators included:

•Alaska Walk: Holly Hammer
•Baltimore Area Walk: Sarah Willey
•Chicago Area Walk: Michelle Brady Kowalski, Barbara Matt, and Holly Olmstead-Hickey
•Deposit, NY Walk: Rachel Tucker
•Fort Worth/Dallas, Texas Walk: Anne Devlin
•Iowa Walk: Stephanie Howard
•Long Island Walk (Abbie’s Angels): Jenn Forte
•Louisiana Walk: Georgina Davis and Tara Millet
•Minnesota Walk: Jessica Mevissen and Michelle Rutoski
•New Jersey Walk: Jacqueline Cohen
•Ohio Walk: Tiffany Bafford, assisted by Amy Clarke and Jennifer Tighe
•Pittsburgh Area Walk: Sue Freiburger
•San Francisco Area Walk: Monique Eurich and Monique Zammarron
•St. Louis Area Walk: Jennifer Weber
Additionally, we would like to recognize and thank our "Virtual Walkers" and their efforts! Thank you so much! Below are the top three "Virtual Walks"!

•Hillary Lunning
•Henry Lee
•Sandra Tanana
We hope to have even more national sites for next year's walk! Please contact CASANA Walk Coordinator Sue Freiburger at if you would like to help organize a walk, large or small, in your town or city in 2010.

Our little Chicago group itself raised $37,914.00!
Kaitlyn's Krew raised $365.00!

Thank you for your support!
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