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Philadelphia Firefighter Neil Calore’s Voyage For Autism

April 29, 2011 3 comments

Neil Calore’s ‘Voyage For Autism‘ is a brave and ambitious trek from Washington, D.C. to New York City to raise awareness for children and families affected by autism spectrum disorders. With an overall distance of more than 425 miles, Neil’s goal was to average 30 miles per 10 hour day. He set sail on April 16, with a wonderful sendoff from friends, family, and the autism community. In this video, Philadelphia’s Mayor Michael Nutter sends his well-wishes.

Neil chose to fundraise and raise awareness for autism because of his friends who are affected. “I had built this boat, and was out on the water one day just realizing how good I have it,” Calore said. “I need to do something with this. My friends are an inspiration to me and I wanted to give back.”

This voyage will also support the Regional Autism Fire Safety Campaign in Philadelphia. The Fireman’s Hall Museum describes the program stating, “Fires and Medical Emergencies are chaotic.  For many affected by autism, those arriving to help can be perceived as a threat, adding to the chaos and causing a panic situation.  The Campaign will addresss issues concerning Autism and how families affected can effectively prepare Fire Escape Plans, and prepare for the arrival of First Responders in emergency situations.” Fore more information visit their page, here.

You can track the ‘Voyage For Autism’ live by visiting here.

Here are some photos of the Baltimore Fire Department and Autism Speaks volunteers supporting Neil!

Philip Gibbons and Captain Neil Calore

Captain Calore will be arrived in New York City on the morning of May 2 at The Village Community Boathouse.  

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Donate to Neil’s ‘Voyage For Autism’ here!

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