Sunday, May 9, 2010

Walking for Samuel

On Saturday, 1st May, 2010, we participated in the Tampa Bay Walk for Autism Speaks.  Fourteen of us walked, we were a few in thousands.  The Tampa Bay area raised over $180,000.  
We walked to support Samuel.
When Samuel was first diagnosed, Autism Speaks sent us a 100 Day Kit that has helped us navigate us through the world of therapists, neurologists, the different therapies available, tests, tests and more tests..........
 Our team is called
Some were a little disparaging about our mascot.....
is it a mouse or a kangaroo??
Have you ever seen a boxing mouse????
Don't mess with the MIGHTY ROOS, we are serious when it come to supporting the cause of autism and Samuel!!

The day of the walk happened to be the hottest day we have had in Tampa for quite some time now.  The walk itself took place at North Straub Park, St. Petersburg.  Beautiful setting for the event, and a nice breeze did come in off the water every now and then.
Thank heavens for the trees!!!  When we stood under the trees it was immediately cooler.
 They were well equipped with porta-potties.  As we were waiting for our team to arrive, we did a little people watching.  The first place people went when arriving at the park????  You got it.....
 This was a very popular place with the kids.  They had several jumping thingos set up for the kids to enjoy.  I know I took a picture of Samuel jumping, but can't find it, so here is a picture of Sam's friend Luke jumping.
 Here we are trying to organize organizing ourselves and preparing for the strenuous walk the sweltering heat........early on a Saturday........wearing the best t-shirts there.........
 All kinds of people were there to support us.  We were a little suspicious of some.  But it just goes to show that even villains can take time off from doing evil to support a good cause. 
Luke, I am your father..........sorry, a bit hard to resist.
 Sammy Cummins, Eli Nickles & Luke Nickles pictured with Storm trooper 1, Storm trooper 2, Storm trooper 3,  & Mr. Vadar.
Luke with Storm trooper 2........or is it 1, 3, or 4???
 Eli with Darth
 Don't mess with the ROOS storm trooper guys!
 The crowd
 The walk begins........
 Frank and Lisa Griswold
Kenny and Luke
 Samuel thinking in his wagon


 Samuel holding his Mum's hand.
Please excuse my big bum.

 Everyone was there, even ELVIS!!!
 This was Samuel's favorite spot.  Right by the Toys R Us tent.
If you look closely at the upper left side you can see where Sam has spelled S A M.
 After the walk in the shade of the trees.....
Eli and Beth Nickles (and Jessica's rude!!)


My sweetie, Jim. 
Jimmie Lee Cummins

Kenny & Luke Nickles
Kenny dancing in his manly shirt

After it was all over, we walked down to the pier to have some lunch and to chill out for a while.
Sam liked riding on the trolley.
Terrible waitress in the restaurant we ate at, but the company was good and it was air-conditioned!!!


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