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Oklahoma autism run/walk to be Saturday

The Autism Oklahoma Piece Walk and 5k will be Saturday in Bricktown.
by Ken Raymond Published: May 2, 2012
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The Autism Oklahoma Piece Walk and 5k will be Saturday in Bricktown.

The fundraiser's name refers to the pieces of a jigsaw puzzle, which have become symbolic of autism. The event will help Oklahoma families who are affected by autism.

“Before the event, runners and walkers form teams to raise money through donations and run fees,” Kasey Steffen, committee member for the event, said in an email. “Autism Oklahoma uses the funds to provide several services including parent support groups, college autism programs and technology grants for things like iPads and tablets. These devices help users communicate, as inability to speak is often associated with autism.”

So far, participants have raised more than $97,000. More than 1,700 people have signed up.

“Each year, this event has grown, and it is thanks to the families who continue to participate and spread the word,” Kathy Thompson, event co-chairman, said in a news release.

A resource fair will open at 7:30 a.m. Saturday in the breezeway of the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark, 2 S Mickey Mantle Drive. Children will be entertained by the Philharmonic Instrument Playground, Unpluggits Play Studio, Bounce Houses, the Forever After Princesses, Victory Dance and the OKC Jedis.

The Piece Walk, which is free, begins at 8:30 a.m. at the ballpark. The 5k begins at 9 a.m.; the cost is $30 before race day and $35 the day of the event.

For more information, go to piecewalk.org or autismoklahoma.org.

by Ken Raymond
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Ken Raymond is the book editor. He joined The Oklahoman in 1999. He has won dozens of state, regional and national writing awards. Three times he has been named the state's "overall best" writer by the Society of Professional Journalists. In...
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