Apraxia Walk Started in 2008, the "Walk for Children with Apraxia of Speech" is a means to heighten awareness and important funding for apraxia programs and research.

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Spotlight on: Ro-Dogs Pack

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This week we are featuring Ro-Dogs Pack who participated in the 2014 Pittsburgh Walk for Children with Apraxia back in September. This was their second year participating in the Walk. Rowen was diagnosed in June 2013 and has spent a great deal of time and effort in therapy making notable progress daily. He has some great supports in his corner including his outstanding therapists, his “angels in disguise.” He works hard and has been an inspiration to many!

Rowen’s parents Dan and Jamie said, “understanding that other children are going through similar challenges on a daily basis has made us want to do more. The Walk means so much to Rowen and our family and friends. From last year to this year we have noticed a dramatic increase in the number of participants. It was great to see how many people support these special children. They go out of their way to make Rowen and all the other children with apraxia feel welcome and part of a truly special event. Also, seeing the number of people in ‘Ro-Dogs Pack’ is a true testament to Rowen’s infectious spirit and impact he that he has made with so many people. Not to mention, we really love to see Rowen’s smile when we talk about his Walk in the weeks and days leading up to it.” With over 60 members of their team alone they definitely had a huge presence at this year’s Walk!

Rowen is a beacon of hope and a ray of light to many. Dan and Jamie went on to add, “our family has learned so much from Rowen and are very blessed to have our lives touched and filled with such a little trooper. He has made us better people and helped us to realize daily not to take things for granted. Rowen helps others find the silver lining that comes along with each and every day. We encourage you to spend just one day and see how strong and life changing these little miracles can be, no doubt it will help you be a better person.“ We couldn’t agree more!