The primary aim of this event was to bring together a vibrant community in support of autistic and neurodivergent adults. And it did just that, with every moment embodying the spirit of unity and empowerment.
The event began on a high note with Graham, an MICC Community participant and co-emcee, taking the microphone. His heartfelt words resonated with the crowd as he shared his remarkable journey. Graham spoke passionately about his experiences at MICC, where he learned crucial life skills like transportation and independent living. He touched on the importance of these skills in his life, the enduring friendships he had formed, and how he discovered a career he truly enjoys.
From the moment of registration until the race's triumphant conclusion, there was an infectious energy in the air. The event was a testament to the power of community, where smiling faces, lively conversations, and an overwhelming sense of unity filled the park. It felt like a homecoming, and the event was indeed a wonderful return to the magic of MICC's Homecoming weekend.
While we made an impressive effort, we're not done yet. During the event, we raised $12,355. Our goal is $15,000, and there's still time to contribute, as donations will be accepted through the end of the month. Every donation helps us inch closer to our goal of empowering neurodivergent individuals.
Amy Gudmestad, MICC’s Chief Executive Officer, shared her enthusiasm, saying, "Homecoming weekend is an exhilarating experience! I love witnessing our families, participants, and the MICC Community gather as we come together and have an amazing time. The strength of our supportive community is truly inspiring, and it warms my heart to see us unite in such a wonderful way."
A big thank you to our generous sponsors for this year's Independence 5K: Marathon Petroleum, Autism Advocacy & Law Center, and Phil & Jill Lighty, and thank you to Megan Stezka Photo for capturing the event.
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