Most students use Sunday mornings to relax. But on Sunday, Sept. 14, 19 John Carroll students met in the Belvoir parking lot at 8 a.m. to head downtown for the Walk for Autism Speaks at Progressive Field.
The walk was a fundraiser for autism research that included games, food, t-shirts, music and a mile-long walk around the stadium to support the cause.
Marketing Chair junior Morgan Paskert discussed the mission of the campus chapter.
“Autism Speaks JCU creates opportunities for students to fundraise and volunteer with children and young adults with autism both on and off campus,” said Paskert.
“Our organization’s goal is to give students a way to become a voice for their community.”
Similarly, Fundraising Chair junior Danielle Stelbasky commented on how the walk impacted the JCU chapter.
“The walk for Autism Speaks at Progressive Field was a great way to gather our John Carroll students, who are active in the club, together in a community outside of school,” said Stelbasky. “It was amazing seeing how many people support autism research and how much it affects people’s lives today.”
Signs with facts and miscellaneous information about the disease and how it affects the families involved lined the walk around Progressive Field.
One sign read that autism costs the families roughly $65,000 each year.
Before the walk began, The JCU chapter of Autism Speaks had the chance to sit in the Cleveland Indians dugout and take pictures on the field, as well.
Autism Speaks encourages their members and the campus community to donate by visiting autismspeaks.org.
JCU’s Autism Speaks always welcomes new members.
For more information on Autism Speaks and how to join, visit facebook.com/autism-speaks-u-john-carroll-university, or follow them on Twitter (@AutismSpeaksJCU.)