SUGAR GROVE – Giant Steps is hosting its 13th annual 5K Walk for Autism at 9 a.m. Oct. 5 at Rich Harvest Farms in Sugar Grove. The walk is free and open to the public. The event is one of the nonprofit organization's largest fundraisers, garnering hundreds of thousands of dollars to help fund the school's operating budget and daily program needs for students, participants and staff. Giant Steps is a therapeutic day school that serves students and young adults with autism by providing education, therapeutic services and after-school recreational programs.
“Our annual 5K Walk is one of our most important events of the year because it brings together the entire community to work towards a common goal. The 5K Walk is an event anyone can participate in, no matter what age or physical ability level. It’s also just a great way to celebrate the fall and get students excited about the school year,” stated Dr. Sylvia Smith, executive director of Giant Steps, in a news release.
This year’s goal for the 5K Walk is $200,000. Participants can register as an individual or a team to help raise money to support the autism community by creating a profile at www.mygiantsteps.org/walk2019.