Dylan’s Run was created to build awareness about autism in the Milwaukee area and to generate dollars for autism research and outreach programs. When it was established in 2001, the rate of autism was 1 out of 500 children. We wanted to highlight the disability and allow families and individuals affected by autism to have an opportunity to come together and show their support for each other. Currently, the estimates by the CDC are that 1 in 68 are diagnosed with an Autism Spectrum Disorder.
An event that started with the goal to build autism awareness and bring together families and friends affected by autism resulted in 354 participants showing up at our first event in 2001. Every year since, in conjunction with Indian Summer Festival, Dylan’s Run has grown in media support, financial support, and participant support to become the largest single-day gathering to support autism in Wisconsin.