Columbus Walk Now For Autism Speaks 2013

by Aaron Einhorn
Autism is the fastest-growing serious developmental disorder in the United States, and with that in mind, Heroes Alliance Ohio was only too happy to join Autism Speaks at the 2013 Columbus Walk Now For Autism Speaks this past weekend. Speaking on an entirely personal level, my oldest daughter is on the Autism Spectrum, so of all the charities that we’re able to support, this is the one that probably means the most to me. Similarly, I know that our new Thor also has a family member on the spectrum.

Superman, Supergirl, Thor and Wonder Woman were on hand to support children with autism and their families as Autism Speaks raised money to research treatments for autism. The event drew over 20,000 people, mostly children with Autism and their families, and in addition to the team of the Heroes Alliance (working alongside the Ohio 501st and other costumed characters), the event contained a massive resource fair to provide information about services to Autism Families, arts, crafts, food, drink and entertainment.

The Walk took place at Huntington Park in Columbus, Ohio, and raised just shy of a million dollars to support the cause.

Special Thanks to Stephen Blanzaco and Christina McMenemy for out-of-costume support and picture taking. You’ll notice that Christina also brought the girls out to the event – appropriately, since Cordy is the entire reason I am aware of Autism Speaks.

Autism Speaks is dedicated to increasing awareness of autism spectrum disorders, to funding research into the causes, prevention and treatments for autism, and to advocating for the needs of individuals with autism and their families. To learn more about Autism Speaks, please visit

To learn more about the Heroes Alliance, visit