HERMISTON — The inaugural Intellectual Disability Awareness Walk drew 50 participants.

Sponsored by The Arc Umatilla County, the walk raised $1,110, which will be utilized to help fund the Summer Inclusion Camp.

The June 22 event featured signs, which participants carried along the 1-mile route near The Arc Building in Hermiston. The message was to express their desire to bring attention to people who thrive in spite of intellectual and/or developmental disabilities, with signs reading such things as, “I walk for Autism” or “I walk for Shelbi.”

During a short stretch down Highway 395, participants’ spirits were further lifted by multiple semi-trucks honking their horns in support of the activity, said Kristi Smalley, a board member with The Arc. Jan Schroth, The Arc Umatilla County president, was thrilled with the level of support for the walk and encouraged each participant to bring a friend next year so that they can double the number of walkers.

For more information about The Arc Umatilla County, contact Smalley at smalleys@eotnet.net or 541-571-0997.

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