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Wayne Independent - Honesdale, PA
  • Still Waters Run Deep: There is strength in numbers

  • I had a great time this weekend participating in the 10th Annual Parents Loving Children Through Autism (PLCTA) Walk for Autism at Nay Aug Park in Scranton.
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  • I had a great time this weekend participating in the 10th Annual Parents Loving Children Through Autism (PLCTA) Walk for Autism at Nay Aug Park in Scranton.
    My team was Walking Waters and I had my parents, my sister and brother-in-law, my brother Sean and my friend Jo-Ellen taking part with me.
    The weather was great for the middle of April, except for the wind. When it wasn't blowing it was a lot warmer. But it was still a great day for an event like the PLCTA walk.
    The festivities began at 9:30 in the morning where teams were signing in and those who didn't pre-register, were signing up. There were different activities going on like a basket raffle, bake sale and a local DJ providing music. A merchandise tent was also set up.
    There was also bounce houses, sand art and even face painting for children. Scooby Doo was walking around meeting people and there was a clown making balloon animals and other things that were requested. Sean came home with a black and yellow helicopter.
    Around 10:30 or so they started lining everyone up and we got ready to start the walk around Nay Aug. It was such a great turn out. I'll even admit I had tears in my eyes when we started walking. The support was unbelievable and PLCTA did a great job at organizing the event.
    It was a very nice walk and everyone was having a good time throughout the day. Everyone was provided with a lunch as well.
    The DJ was trying to get everyone involved when songs like the Macarena, Gangnam Style and Cotton Eye Joe played. The Cupid Shuffle, one of my favorites, led this series of dance songs.
    When the DJ was trying to get people to do it, Jo-Ellen and I decided to jump right in front and go for it. Well actually, she had never done it before so she was following me, then other people were following what we were doing. So basically I was leading the Cupid Shuffle in front of a crowd of over 100 people. But it was fun.
    We were hanging around, taking fun photos and dancing to the songs when we saw this young kid who was juggling. It wasn't long after that he approached us and the next thing I knew, he was doing a magic trick for us. That was another fun component for the day.
    There was even a group in attendance who had made a team in support of Rachel Joy Scott, the first victim from the Columbine High School massacre. The crowd shared their support for this group and support was also given to the emergency responders, police officers, etc for their efforts in Boston.
    Page 2 of 2 - It was a great day and it was awesome to have the entire family together for it.
    What I loved more than anything from the PLCTA Walk for Autism was the looks on the kids' faces, as well as the adults on the spectrum. They were just having a ball and were so carefree. The support was strength in numbers. People were there for loved ones, friends, neighbors and even those they only heard of were on the spectrum.
    It didn't matter who you were there for. Everyone was there for the same support and awareness of those affected by autism. There was the same common goal and everyone understood what the event was all about and why events like that need to take place. I've said it before that acceptance and awareness are things that are coming along, but they need to continue to increase and attending events like this are just one way to show you care.
    I want to commend everyone at PLCTA for a great day. Their hard work and efforts made it all possible and I look forward to participating with a team again.
    Waters is a staff writer for The Wayne Independent and can be reached at kwaters@wayneindependent.com
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