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Dan Marino Foundation WalkAbout Autism Event draws 20,000 to Sun Life Stadium

by Ben Volin

Dolphins GM Jeff Ireland was impressed with the crowd that amassed at Sun Life Stadium on Saturday morning, but it had nothing to do with football.

More than 20,000 people showed up to support the Dan Marino Foundation's WalkAbout Autism event, the largest crowd in the event's three-year history.  Ireland and Marino both have children afflicted with autism, and their WalkAbout has now raised more than $1.4 million in three years for Marino's foundation, which benefits autism organizations within Dade and Broward Counties.

"It's grown into something much larger than we ever expected," Ireland said Saturday morning.  "We're trying to affect this community and bring awareness and raise money for the organizations that have really helped us."

Dan Marino’s Son Following Dad’s Lead In Autism Charity Work

MIAMI (CBS4) – Michael Marino beams with pride and gratitude  to a very famous dad, Dad Marino.

“He is just a very kind person, a very good father and he cares a lot about his kids,” said Marino, 24.

But these days, Michael Marino is stepping into the spotlight for the first time as the public face of his Dad’s foundation, a lifeline for children with autism. A path he is all to familiar with: Michael was diagnosed with autism at 2 years old.

As a child, finding the words to match his thoughts was tough.

 

“Because of (his) support and that push, I am able to be who I am today and be able to speak well, which I had a real problem with when I was younger,” recalled Marino. ”I found myself when I was younger pointing at a lot of things”

In a rare interview,  he sat down with CBS4 Chief Investigator Michele Gillen just before accepting a 50,000 grant for the foundation  from the Able Trust Career Launch Employment Program. The grant will kickstart a vision and a school triggered by his challenges.

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