History of the Walk
Sean Freiburger, who has had over 650 hours of speech therapy for his diagnosis of severe speech apraxia, saw a sign for a walk-a-thon and asked his mother what it was. Sue Freiburger, Sean’s mom, told him that people were gathering together to walk and help others. Sean immediately said, “Why can’t we do that for apraxia?” Given that just a few years earlier, Sue was not sure she would ever hear Sean speak at all, much less understand his questions, she told him with a teary-eyed smile, “Yes, we can!”
The first Walk for Apraxia happened on October 18, 2008 in Pittsburgh, PA with Sean leading over 300 walkers in his effort to raise awareness about childhood apraxia of speech and funds for the apraxia programs and research sponsored by CASANA, the only national nonprofit organization dedicated exclusively to children with apraxia and their families. This past year there were over 80 walk locations with over 16,000 walkers and countless donors. In 2014 the Apraxia Walks are entering their 7th year which allows new projects to be funded and research grants to continue!
The 2017 Walk for Children with Apraxia of Speech marks our 10th anniversary. We hope you will join in this amazing event! No matter if you want to organize a neighborhood walk (1-25 walkers) of family, friends, and/or neighbors, a small walk of about 50-100, a large walk of 100-200 or a full size metropolitan walk of more than 200 walkers, we can assist you. Why not check if there is a walk near you? (List of 2017 Walks) If you don’t see a walk nearby, you can participate in the Neighborhood Walk for Apraxia. The neighborhood walk allows anyone interested to register as a walker, receive the official Walk for Apraxia® t-shirt, and walk in the neighborhood or a local park whenever it is convenient. This is a great way to spread awareness no matter where you live.