Downeast Horizons Holds Walk-a-Thon to Raise Autism Awareness
Downeast Horizons motto is, “People helping people.” At it’s annual Autism Awareness Walk-A-Thon on Thursday they took that motto on the road.”We have approximately 80 to 100 people involved in the walk and it’s adults and children with developmental disabilities and the people that are helping them and some volunteers from local communities,” said Tony Zambrano, Executive Director of Downeast Horizons.Downeast Horizons provides services to those with developmental disabilities. In the month leading up to the walk, members raised money to go toward the agency’s autism resource library.The walk itself was about a mile and a half, but they hope the message they’re spreading about autism awareness will travel much farther.”It’s one of the most common developmental disabilities that is out there right now. It certainly is alive in every community and many homes and families,” said Nikki Cutchens, who organized the walk.For participants in Downeast Horizons, the walk was a chance to uphold their motto.”It meant so much to me to do the autism walk. I was so excited to be able to help out children with autism and adults with autism,” said Charles Hunt.Just people helping people in Downeast Maine and beyond.