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Over 5,000 join Any Baby Can for Official Fiesta® Walk for Autism

By Stephanie Jerger | Apr 22 2015

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On April 18, over 5,000 people joined Any Baby Can of San Antonio at Any Baby Can’s Fiesta at the AT&T Center. The Official Fiesta® San Antonio Event featured the 11th Annual Walk for Autism, live music, mariachi bands, food, activities for all, and new this year, the Superhero 5K Run. This annual event offers something for the entire family. The event was attended by manyspecial guests including Senator Carlos Uresti who served as Rey Familia of Any Baby Can’s Fiesta.

Any Baby Can’s annual Fiesta event is created around one goal—to provide an opportunity for the community to come together to raise awareness and provide greater support for families raising individuals with autism and other special health care needs as well as families who have lost a child. As a result, Any Baby Can is proud to bring the community an expanded event that will notonly provide greater awareness and help support programs available at Any Baby Can, but will give back to other organizations and individuals throughout the community, helping us reach our SA2020 vision for a community with safer, healthier, and stronger families.Roo's Crew

“For more than 30 years, Any Baby Can has served families who have children with various disabilities or who have lost a child, and the expansion of our Fiesta event will now better reflect the true range of the families we serve,” said Hugo Hernandez, COO of Any Baby Can. “Any Baby Can believes in inclusion and our updated Fiesta event speaks to that wholeheartedly.”

“The 11th Annual Walk for Autism is the largest component of our Fiesta event and the new format will provide more opportunities for autism awareness. Any Baby Can’s Fiesta will be a family-friendly event, allowing all families and children to feel included and supported.”

Any Baby Can’s Fiesta continues to be avenues for families to gain resources that provide support and education and the resource fair at Any Baby Can’s Fiesta did just that. 96 organizations participated in the one-stop shop providing information on therapy, financial planning and products for children and adults with special health care needs. Other organizations that provided activities include; The DoSeum, Children’s Hospital of San Antonio Caravan, the San Antonio Library Literacy Caravan and the Alamo Colleges Mobile GO Center. 

5K run startOther fun activities and interactives included inflatable bouncers, puppies from the Animal Defense League—all dogs found a loving home, tricycles from Monarch Academy and a special area called Rudy’s Playground—a space where organizations provided adaptive activities for individuals of all ages and abilities. On top of the Fiesta® décor, attendees enjoyed breakfast tacos, sausage wraps and other traditional Fiesta foods.

A returning favorite at Any Baby Can’s Fiesta was Fiesta de Los Jefes. Fiesta de Los Jefes featured 26 interactive displays and community programs from the San Antonio Fire Department and San Antonio Police Department. It’s a great opportunity for families to learn about items such as Emergency Medical Services (EMS), Special Weapons And Tactics (SWAT), fire safety and more.

Any Baby Can could not have has such a successful event without the support of participants, volunteers, exhibitors, partners and sponsors. A huge thank you to all of our sponsors; Ageless Living Home Health, HEB, The Shape of Behavior, Angles of Care Pediatric Home Health, Wave Healthcare, Valero, Thomas J Henry, Pioneer Energy Services, Little Engine Homecare, Security Services Federal Credit Union, Children’s Hospital of San Antonio, BD, Employer Flexible, Sinclair Broadcast Group and Grande Communications. And to our community partners who help support Any Baby Can daily, SA2020, Sprocket Productions, The San Antonio Fire Department, The San Antonio Police Department, The CE Group, the San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and iRun Texas.

About Any Baby Can

For more than 30 years, Any Baby Can has provided many of services to families with children and youth facing serious health or developmental challenges. Any Baby Can provides no cost support services to over 1,200 families annually. For more information, visit www.anybabycansa.org or call 210-227-0170.

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Stephanie Jerger

Stephanie Jerger is from Houston, Texas, a 2010 graduate of UTSA and I currently the Marketing Coordinator for Any Baby Can in San Antonio. She enjoys trying new San Antonio restaurants and cafes, particularly those that involve Tex-Mex, sushi or coffee, and she also enjoys taking her pups to the greenways and dog parks.

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