About Us

Who is Dylan?

DylanDylan lives, plays, and goes to school in the Milwaukee area with his family. He was diagnosed with autism at the age of two. His family is American Indian from the White Earth band of Chippewa. Like other boys, Dylan enjoys many activities, including swimming and hiking.

Dylan’s 2-Mile Run/Walk has been a highlight in the community since 2001. Thousands of walkers, runners, and volunteers participate to promote autism awareness, raise funds for research, fund programs for our community, and support the mission of the Autism Society of Southeastern Wisconsin. The lakefront walk is always exhilarating and tons of fun for runners and walkers, individuals, families, and teams!

What is Autism?

Autism is a complex developmental disability that typically appears during the first three years of life. It manifests as a combination of developmental challenges such as delays in language, social interaction and play. The result of a neurological disorder that affects the functioning of the brain, autism and its associated behaviors have been estimated to occur in as many as 1 in 88 per the Centers for Disease Control, March 2012. Autism is four times more prevalent in boys than girls and knows no racial, ethnic or social boundaries, just as it has no cure.

For more on Autism, and the services for autism in southeast Wisconsin, visit the Autism Society of Southeastern Wisconsin’s web site.

Why Dylan’s Run?

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 88 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.

Please join the Dylan’s Run Family. We look forward to seeing you in September!