Volunteer Stories: Walk Now for Autism Speaks by Steve Figueiredo

My name is Steve Figueiredo and I am the Director of Student Accounts for both the Paramus and Woodland Park locations. On Sunday October 5th I participated in “Walk Now for Autism Speaks” which took place in Princeton, New Jersey at ETS.  Each year my family and I along with many other friends come out to support Cassie George, our good friend Tom and Chrissy’s daughter.  It is always a great time and there are always many fun activities to do especially for the kids including a bouncy house, a D.J.  and face painting among others.

Cassie was diagnosed with autism at the age of two and Chrissy created a walking team, “Team Cass” the very next day.   Chrissy is part of the Volunteer Leadership Committee for the walk and is also a Team Mentoring Chair Person.  She goes above and beyond every year to support autism along with her husband Tom and I am proud to call them my good friends. Cassie has made great strides including being a recent kindergarten grad!  I love a quote I received from Chrissy in an email right before that walk and that quote is, “I do not want to cure Autism, I want to celebrate it!” Each child should be celebrated for who they are regardless if they have autism or not

In my spare time I enjoy writing music and I was inspired to write a song along with my friend Paulash for Cassie entitled, “In Your Loving Arms (Cassie’s song).  Please click here to view the music video we made for this song.

Here you will find Chrissy’s personal page that she has made for Team Cass.  Let’s help spread autism awareness!

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