Pauls Valley, OK, Pauls Valley Democrat

April 1, 2013

Special walk starts with an auction

Barry Porterfield
Pauls Valley Democrat

bporterfield@pvdemocrat.com — One very big run and walk to benefit an effort to help autistic children in Oklahoma actually gets started for one Garvin County family right here.

As part of a much larger campaign later this spring an employee in the county courthouse in Pauls Valley is leading the local charge to raise funds with a silent auction.

The whole thing is quite personal for Megan Gregg, a longtime employee in the district attorney’s office housed in the courthouse.

Gregg’s family includes her 10-year-old son Damon, who is autistic.

With that in mind Gregg is pulling together an auction planned throughout Tuesday, April 2 in the Garvin County commissioners’ office on the ground floor of the courthouse.

The silent auction is meant to raise money for Autism Oklahoma by way of the Autism Oklahoma Piece Walk and 5K run, which comes on May 4 in Oklahoma City’s Bricktown area.

“Just show up and bid on the items or if they want come make a donation if they can,” Gregg said about the auction.

“All the money goes to my team, Super Damon, which is named after my son,” she said.

“Then all the donations will go to Autism Oklahoma.”

All the donated items for the April 2 auction, mostly the kind made to eat, will be on display throughout the day in the commissioners’ office.

The run and walk in Oklahoma City on May 4 is truly a big event as last year there were more than 7,000 participants lacing up their sneakers to take part.

In the neighborhood of $130,000 was raised from the event for Autism Oklahoma.

The event will center around OKC’s Bricktown Ballpark with a variety of vendors on the outside and activities galore inside.

Money raised from the local silent auction and the OKC run and walk are typically used to help Oklahoma families with more severe cases of autism.

For Gregg it’s one of those really special events.

“The thing I like about the Piece Walk is my son can just be himself,” she said.

“He doesn’t have to worry about people looking at him. He can just be himself.”

Last year Gregg and her family, along with some friends, took part in the 2012 event. This year she has her eye on the 5K run.

Here in Garvin County there is no chapter for Autism Oklahoma. Gregg thinks there might be a need for one.

“As far as I know we don’t have one,” Gregg said about a local chapter. “Maybe we need one.

“I have had some parents come to me and ask a few questions about their autistic child.”

Gregg reminds local and area residents all they have to do to help is show up and participate in Tuesday’s silent auction.