Big Turnout At Walk/Run for Autism

Many people came out Saturday to the Greenville Town Commons for the 2nd Annual Eastern Run Walk for Autism.

Participants got the opportunity to run in the 5k race or 1 mile walk/run.

It's organized by the Autism Society of North Carolina. All proceeds are donated to programs across Eastern Carolina that help individuals living with the disorder.

Coordinator, Rachel Leventhal, said she was excited about the amount of support coming in compared with last years race-- "It's been a really successful day today--we have doubled our profits from last year and we're almost tripling."

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  • by jim Location: washington on May 2, 2010 at 05:56 PM
    i feel for all children who suffer from anytype of illness my daughter has bellspalsy, my brother in-law has downs syndrome and this wasnt a contest to see who could raise the most money but to do our best to honnor a friend,and thats what we did and if it sounded other wise it wasnt meant to. I love rocky and his mother and miss ashley very much, team stephenson was created in honnor of ashley to suport the nc autism society not to say look at us because that not what we were about. And the only reason i suggested that they should have talked with rockey's mother was becaue of the conection to the station since ashley worked there, many there knew rockey and his family. not to say one little boy is better than another, for all gods children a special, and thats what this world needs to remember.
  • by LT Location: Greenville on May 2, 2010 at 05:09 PM
    As the parent of an autistic child, I would like to say Thank You to all of the awesome folks that showed up for this event!
  • by To Jim on May 2, 2010 at 12:00 PM
    The only regret I have is that I never got to meet Ashley Stephenson. I never knew him or his family. Everything I have heard from those who did know him were only words of kindness and that he was full of life and had a passion to do whatever it took to help his son and others like him. I was there yesterday as a first time participant. My son was recently dx with Aspergers. I saw Team Stephenson and even spoke briefly to someone on that team. They were very nice people. I am sorry that you feel bc they raised the most money that the whole story should have been about them or the little boy. I have met many ppl the last month or so who knew Ashley and the person they described would not have wanted the attention soley on themselves. This cause was for many and many more to come. The Ashley I have heard about had the kind of heart that would want everyone to share the joy about what was contributed and learned yesterday.
  • by Mom Location: Greenville on May 2, 2010 at 10:22 AM
    It did seem as though there were some that thought of this as more of a contest than for the real reason that this event was done. This event was for all the children/adults that are dealing w/ a condition that effects their everyday life. The money that was raised goes to several different programs that help the children/adults w/ Autism during the summer-not one particular group/person, so I hate that it became a competition b/t teams. However, it was a wonderful day for everyone that came out!!
  • by WITN on May 2, 2010 at 09:24 AM
    Ashley's family and friends, including folks from WITN, joined together to form "Team Stephenson" and took part in yesterday's walk.
  • by Ronda Location: Greenville on May 2, 2010 at 09:12 AM
    I had the privilege of meeting Ashley at last year's Walk for Autism. It was a blessing to hear him brag about all of Rocky's accomplishments in life at only the age of 4. Ashley also shared his gratitude for the event being held in Greenville. Yesterday, I was overwhelmed and brought to tears to see the great turn out for Team Stephenson. What a blessing to meet Ashley's wife and son and see such support for a family with a child with Autism.
  • by Dear Jim Location: greenville on May 2, 2010 at 09:06 AM
    A shame? This walk/run wasn't for one person, it was for everyone. And its not a contest to see who can win with the most donations.
  • by jim Location: washington on May 1, 2010 at 08:22 PM
    its a shame you didnt do your story on the son of ashley stephenson (rocky) who worked for you and recently passed away. He was a big suporter of autism and team stephenson was the biggest raiser of donation for the walk in his honor. He may not of been there in person but his spiri was, and showed in the members of team stephenson! Ashley we rocked for you buddy!!!!!!

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