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Philadelphia Firefighter Neil Calore’s Voyage For Autism

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.

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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!

  1. Shannon
    April 29, 2011 at 1:58 pm

    Thank you for supporting autism awareness!!!!!

  2. keith storrs
    May 1, 2011 at 8:32 pm

    I met Neil Calore last night at James Buchanan Park ,otherwise known as Sayreville boat ramp ,and we were talking about many things. When I saw the size of his sailboat and knew his reasoning and cause for doing this I began to realize this guy is crazy in a great way.Meanwhile my dog Champ is wondering the dock.Wehere a noise,like a splash,was heard.It was Champ. Neil, thanks for helping getting Champ out. You did a very courageous deed for a great cause. People like you should be rewarded

  3. Trish
    May 2, 2011 at 8:09 pm

    Neil, I am SO proud of you! Seeing you row your heart out in that tiny boat, not always in the most favorable conditions, was really unbelievable. Also, Thanks to all that supported Neil and helped him to complete his journey for such a great cause….as I look back, I have to think, would any of this have happened if not for the visit from a fireman to your hospital room as a kid?! Glad you made it safely! Love, your sister xxoo

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