Team Brody tops $3K in walk for autism awareness

Contributed Story Posted 20 September 2015 at 12:00 am

Photos courtesy of Janna Stirk

Janna Stirk of Albion pushes her son Brody, 3, in a stroller today as part of an autism awareness and fund-raising event at Monroe Community College’s Brighton Campus.

The walk raised about $76,000 for autism awareness and services for the Rochester/Finger Lakes region. Team Brody was the top fund-raiser of all the teams with $3,205.

Mrs. Stirk was the leading individual fund-raiser at $2,330, which was $1,000 more than the second place person.

Team Brody was picked to start the walk. Besides raising more than $3,000, the group all wore matching shirts.

The Stirk family is grateful Brody was diagnosed young and started receiving services when he was 18 months old. He continues to receive speech and occupational therapy at Rainbow Preschool.

His mother, Janna Stirk, believes those services and an early diagnosis of autism have helped Brody be highly functioning.