The grand marshal for the Lewes leg of this year’s Walk for Autism is 7-year-old Adrian Creed of Milford. The son of Andrea and Patrick Creed, Adrian is a first-grader at Kent County Community School at Booker T. Washington Elementary.
An enthusiastic boy with many interests, Adrian loves the ocean, spelling, numbers, animals, music, riding his bike, swimming, drawing, airplanes, and socializing with schoolmates. He enjoys spending time with family, especially when they get to visit favorite places such as Aruba, the aquarium and Disney World. He also participates in the Special Olympics Young Athletes Program.
“Autism Delaware is an amazing organization that empowers people with autism and their families through education, advocacy, social growth and community,” said Andrea Creed. “This is our fourth year participating in the walk. We’re honored and proud to have Adrian as grand marshal.”
“Even though he is only 7, Adrian is more than up to the responsibilities involved in being grand marshal,” said Deanna Principe, Autism Delaware event manager. “In addition to making announcements at the event, he will cut the ribbon to kick off the walk and will be leading Team Adrian, which is walking for its fourth consecutive year.”
“Team Adrian will join dozens of families that will be walking to help us reach our goal of $215,000,” said Brian Hall, Autism Delaware executive director. “These funds will help provide support to local families and individuals who are dealing with autism, including the adults in our award-winning adult vocational program, POW&R.”
The Walk for Autism will begin with the Lewes leg at 11 a.m., Saturday, April 6, in Cape Henlopen State Park.
In addition to the walk, there will be a fun zone with hands-on crafts for children. Next door to the fun zone, the newest and latest in products and services for individuals and families affected by autism will be on display, and a well-maintained picnic area will invite walk participants to enjoy their box lunches from home or purchases from food trucks in the park.
“The annual walk is more than a fundraiser,” said Hall. “It feels like a family reunion. Over the year, many things can happen, but this one day each year, folks who are all touched by autism in one way or another come together. Autism Delaware is happy to be able to facilitate this gathering and the opportunities for support that it provides.”
For more information and to register, go to www.autismdelaware.org.