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Run For Autism Awareness – Visalia, California

Written by  May 1, 2014

The Inaugural Run for Autism Awareness was held in Visalia, California on April 6, 2014.

Diane Tanner and Judy Falcone organized the event, which was a poker run too. The run started and ended at Visalia Harley-Davidson.

175 people registered for this first event, and at 10 a.m., 125 motorcycles departed the parking lot. The first stop was at the Lake Success Campground just north of Porterville, California, with the second stop at Tony’s Pizza in Tulare, California.

After the ride, Indian Tacos were served, which were very, very good!

Nathan, who has Asperger’s, went along for the ride. He rode with Terry Brooks on his Yamaha V-Star 1100. Nathan said he had a blast! He said the best part of the ride was “The Whole Thing!” This was Nathan’s 2nd adventure on a motorcycle.

Mario, who is autistic, also rode on the run. He rode with Jimmy Melo on his Harley-Davidson trike. Mario loved everything about riding on the trike. This was Mario’s 3rd ride on a trike.

The Inaugural Autism Awareness Run and BBQ was a huge success, with over $3,000 raised for this important cause.

Autism affects 1 in 88 children, so remember that if you have a child with Autism, you are not alone.