Victoria resident Kimberly Rickman with Victoria's Autism Network Connection, takes awareness for autism very seriously, and for a good reason.
"I actually have a son who is 14 and autistic. We first got the diagnosis when he was 5, and when we first got the diagnosis, I thought I was the only parent in Victoria with a child with autism."
Thus began her personal journey to raise awareness about autism. Her efforts realized at this weekends autism walk and ride at the Victoria Community Center.
Arts and craft booths, food vendors, and great Tejano music filled the air. In addition, a motorcycle ride helped take autism awareness to the streets. The event ended with a 5k.
We have to bring awareness for autism and this is something we hope to be a part of every year."said Sylvia Navarro, Accordian player with Groupo Imagen.
The Autism Network Connection hosts a number of activities for those impacted by autism, such as hosting special needs prom each year, field trips, and even school supplies for autistic students. Events like the autism walk and ride help to keep the organizations true aim alive.
"The more we raise awareness, the more acceptance their will be for children and individuals with autism." said, Kimberly Rickman.