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9th Annual Chicagoland Walk for Children with Apraxia

  • Ty Warner Park Westmont, IL 60559 (map)

What a Walk!

Due to the rain, the park became flooded on Sunday. So, we were lucky to host it on Saturday! THANK YOU to all the families who braved the storm and flooded streets to celebrate our Apraxia Stars! If you were not able to join us and would like your t-shirts and medals, please email us at and we will be happy to mail them to you. 

THANK YOU to our Champion Club Teams, it is no small feat to raise over $1000:
• Enrico's Epic Excursion
• Isadora's Power Rangers
• Jacksons Joggers
• Red Headed Toddler
• Big Hero Drew
• Ashlin's Apraxia Avengers
• Gabe's Gang
• Logan's Heroes
• Midwestern SLP's
• Ryan's Apraxia Demolition Crew
• Team General Grant
• Team Lee
• Lucca's Loudtalkers
• Finding Rafa's Voice
• Racin' for Greyson
• Evan's Army!

We have your prize so please email your address so we can send them to you! 

THANK YOU to our sponsors:
• Midwestern University
• Katiebug Therapy
• Pediaprogress
• Chatabilities,
• Nancy Kaufman

THANK YOU to everyone who secured and donated food and water:
• Carrie Wooley
• Kelly Biesek
• Sarah Sepich
• Maureen Elia. 

THANK YOU to our volunteers from
• St. Xavier University
• Kris Yung and Nova Care Kids
• Erin Griffin for taking pictures
• Dee Dee the Clown for Face Painting, 

THANK YOU to our TAC team and their entire families who we have leaned on to make the walk possible:
• Katie Oliva and Family
• Bridget Collins and Family
• Melissa Laskowski and Family
• Heather Casey and Family
• Cathy Glomb and Family
• Lauri Phillips and Family
• The Matt Family
• The Kowalski Family. 

Finally THANK YOU to Michele Atkins from CASANA for joining us and supporting our efforts!



2017 Walk Information:

The Apraxia Connection is so excited to be hosting the 9th Annual Walk for Children with Apraxia! This fun filled family event is a favorite for many reasons. Not only do we raise awareness about apraxia of speech, we are also able to celebrate the children who work so hard to tell us what is on their mind. All proceeds will benefit local families affected by apraxia and related disorders through The Apraxia Connection and also fund research and education programs through CASANA, the national organization focusing specifically on apraxia of speech.

Register for our family friendly one mile walk around Ty Warner Park in Westmont. Registration begins at 9 a.m. in the pavilion near Plaza and Burr Oak Drive and the walk starts there at 10. Immediately following the walk there will be games and entertainment by Strictly Music Chicago, prizes for all ages and networking with parents and therapists affected by apraxia and related disorders. This year we will be recognizing all children with apraxia of speech. Please be sure to park in designated parking spaces – there is another parking lot near Blackhawk Drive and Plaza Drive. Also, please come dressed for the weather as we plan to walk in rain or shine. Note, no pets allowed.

All proceeds from the walk will benefit local, regional, and national apraxia programs and research for the national organization CASANA and the local nonprofit The Apraxia Connection.

About The Apraxia Connection
The Apraxia Connection is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization incorporated in La Grange Park, IL dedicated to providing local resources to parents, educators and therapists affected by apraxia and related disorders. Connect with us at

About The Childhood Apraxia of Speech Association of North America (CASANA)

CASANA is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization based in Pittsburgh, PA dedicated to improving the system of support in the lives of children with apraxia of speech so that each child is afforded their best opportunity to develop speech and full communication. Learn more about CASANA and apraxia at"

Please note: The deadline to register and be guaranteed an official walk t-shirt in your size is TBD.

IMPORTANT - Did you register a child with apraxia of speech? If so, please e-mail the following: child's first and last name, child's age, and your Walk name to Justin LeWinter at We have a special gift to present to each child on the day of the Walk and want to make sure we have enough! Thanks!

For more information contact Walk Coordinators:
Barbara Matt and Michele Kowalski email:

Sponsor Opportunities:

Volunteer & General Questions:


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