MIAMI (CBS4)—Throngs of people walked for autism Saturday at Sun Life Stadium for the first Dan Marino Foundation Walkabout Autism.

The event will be come an annual gathering that is geared to raising awareness and raising funds for autism.

Participating schools such as the University of Miami, Nova Southeastern University Center for Autism and Related disabilities, Florida Atlantic University received money that will benefit special needs programs as will the Autism Societies of Miami-Dade and Broward Counties.

Both Miami Dolphins General Manager Jeff Ireland and Dan Marino both have children with autism.

Comments (2)
  1. Kelly says:

    I think it is wonderful that celebrities are using their names to support autism. Right now it is impacting so many people and families in various communities all around the globe. The more attention we can bring to this disorder, the more people will understand and work to accept those living with ASD.

  2. Kelly Lowery-Dalhoff says:

    Dear Marino and Mr. Ireland,
    It was great to hear that the Dolphins participated in the Autism Walk.
    My son, Eric has Aspergers. He is very high functioning and does well in school.
    He is Dan Carpenters cousin. Dan is my husbands nephew. When Kaela emailed me that the Dolphins supported this cause I was so excited.
    Eric is so proud of his cousin Dan and tells everyone he know that his older cousin is #5 the Kicker.
    Eric is 17 yrs old and has the love of sports and can usually name any team member on any given team!
    As a parent of a child with Autism I know you share the same love that i do for these special children that were sent to us.
    I am proud to be Erics mother.
    Kelly Lowery-Dalhoff

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