Last year, Darrigo, Diaz & Jimenez sponsored a child at the 2012 Spring
Walk Now for Autism Speaks event at Raymond James Stadium, where all contributions
help support families with autistic children. We are posting this blog
entry now to keep this very important cause top-of-mind in our community
of Old Tampa.
At Darrigo, Diaz & Jimenez, we take pride in helping the families in
our community in whatever way we can. We were so excited about this opportunity
to take part in the autism cause–especially considering how active
the people of Florida continue to be in supporting the Autism Speaks organization
and the legislation that provides for affected families. To put things
in perspective, the estimated lifetime cost for caring for a child with
autism is between 3.5 and five million dollars.
Jason, pictured here in 2013, was 2 years old when he was diagnosed with
Autism. Now 7, Jason has walked in the last 6 events for Autism Speaks.
In 2012, we sponsored a bright young boy named Jason in Walk Now for Autism
Speaks Tampa Bay. His parents are young and incredibly loving toward one
another and their family. “Providing for three children, two of
whom are autistic, can be incredibly difficult, but we were blown away
by the couple’s resilient spirit and positivity that obviously rubbed
off on little Jason,” says Nadine Diaz, Managing Partner at Darrigo,
Diaz & Jimenez. “We were so very proud to support Team Jason
and raise money for this incredible boy’s future.”
Autism Speaks, the host of the event that happens around the world, leads
the way in funding global biomedical research towards the causes, prevention,
treatment, and potential cure for autism. But beyond that, they strive
to build a special community around this disorder by raising awareness
and advocating for all of those affected by this global health crisis.
The result—hope. DDJ plans on continuing to participate in this event
in years to come and encourages the Tampa community to get involved and
help us show our support and pride in these families. For more information
on the 2014 Walk Now for Autism Speaks Tampa Bay, please visit
www.walknowforautismspeaks.org, and email