City of Boston Mayor Thomas Menino was present to address the walkers before they made their way onto the track, which is a one-mile oval. The event also included various forms of family entertainment, including live music, games and other activities for kids.
Established in 2000, the Autism Speaks Walk Now for Autism events are the signature fundraising events for Autism Speaks and have attracted hundreds of thousands of walkers worldwide who have raised tens of millions of dollars for autism research.
Autism is a complex brain disorder that inhibits a person’s ability to communicate and develop social relationships, and is often accompanied by extreme behavioral challenges. Another child is diagnosed every 20 minutes.