2011 Dallas Walk for Apraxia

Written by Sarah Van Dusen
October 2nd, 2011

The 2011 Dallas Walk for Apraxia was a great success. We had more than 200 walkers and raised approximately $30,000!

One hundred percent of the proceeds from the walk go to CASANA, a non-profit organization dedicated to raising awareness about childhood apraxia of speech (CAS), providing accurate information to families, and educating professionals to increase the number of SLPs who are qualified to work with these children. Progressive Speech Therapy is proud to support CASANA.

An incredible amount of work goes into these apraxia walks. I would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge all of the people who made this event possible.

CASANA provides the websites, supports the walk coordinators allowing anyone to start a walk anywhere, provides the T-shirts, signs, posters, brochures, and handles most of the financial end. A special thank you to Sue Frieburger, Heather Abernethy, and Emily Leghart.

The employees at Progressive Speech Therapy spent countless hours reaching out to possible sponsors, coordinating volunteers, gathering supplies, marketing the walk, distributing fliers, raising awareness about the walk, helping people register, and endless other tasks. A special thank you to Lisa Scholz.

SoftLayer sponsored our event with a very generous donation.

Diana MaGouirk, someone who loves a child with CAS, dedicated many hours to gathering sponsors and raising awareness. Her selflessness was an inspiration to the others partnering with her.

Starpower provided a gift certificate for the individual who raised the most money.

Costco provided bottled water for the walkers.

Bethany Thigpen, someone who loves a child with CAS, kindly created all of the beautiful signs for the walk.

McKenzie Stokes, someone who loves a child with CAS, used her talents to create brilliant fliers to be posted at various businesses around the metroplex.

Several graduate students from the University of Texas - Dallas who are studying to be speech-language pathologists donated their valuable study time to do the dirty work the day of the walk. Thank you, Betsy, Elizabeth, Chris, Marissa, Rebecca, Susan, Casey, and Kate.

Most importantly, thank you to all of the families and friends of families who are affected by apraxia in some way. You supported CASANA, but more importantly, you supported one another and the families who will meet with this diagnosis in the future.

We are already looking forward to next year. Last year, we raised $4,000. This year, our goal was $5,000. We reached $30,000. Should our goal next year be $50,000? $100,000? Who knows? Together, we are a power house for childhood apraxia of speech. Anything is possible.

Unlock their voices; open up their futures!

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