Giant Steps  will be hosting its 6th annual 5K Walk for Autism this year at Rich Harvest Farms in Sugar Gove, Illinois. The event kicks off at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, October 1 and is open to all. A pillar fundraising event for Giant Steps, the 5K walk has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars over the years to support the school’s mission. This year’s fundraising will go towards the school’s operating budget and will help fund the daily needs of both students and staff.

“Our annual 5K walk is one of our most important events of the year because it brings together the entire community to work towards a common goal. The walk is an event anyone can participate in, no matter what age or physical ability level. It’s also just a great way to celebrate the fall and get students excited about the school year,” says Sylvia Smith, Executive Director of Giant Steps.

“Last year when we held the annual Giant Steps 5K Walk for Autism on our grounds, I was blown away by the immense amount of community support and generosity received by Giant Steps,” said Jerry Rich, Owner of Rich Harvest Farms. “We are very excited to welcome the event back this year and are looking forward to a fun time had by all!”

This year’s walk has a goal of raising $125,000. Participants can raise money individually or as a team by creating a profile at

About Giant Steps:

Since 1996, Giant Steps has been focused on providing education, therapeutic and recreational programs for Elementary, Junior High, High School students and young adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD), their families and the community. Giant Steps is currently designated as a therapeutic day school in the State of Illinois licensed and certified to exclusively serve students with a primary diagnosis of autism. Our goal is to improve a child’s ability to interact, communicate, and develop academic and daily living skills.