A local team is hoping to walk in the Autism Speaks Walk in Springfield, Mo., on Sept. 11.

A local team is hoping to walk in the Autism Speaks Walk in Springfield, Mo., on Sept. 11.

“We are raising money for our team, ‘Believe in Brennan,’ and all donations will go to the national group Autism Speaks,” said Maegan Kirschner, mother of Brennan. “We are going to have a book sale from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 28. We are still looking for a location.”

The team currently consists of 12, but are looking for more people. They need to raise $150 to walk on Sept. 11 in Springfield, but would like to raise their goal of $500.

“We are also having a bake sale, book sale and T-shirt sales,” Kirschner said. “We are in need of used books that can be dropped off at 635 Baxter St. or we can pick them up for you.”

Brennan was 3 years old when he was diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome. At the age of 5, he was diagnosed with a nerve disorder and uses leg braces to help him.

“When he was first diagnosed, he could not talk or walk very well, but with speech, occupational, and physical therapy, he can keep up with most children his age,’ Kirschner said. “When he was little, he was very withdrawn and had five words in his vocabulary. When his daddy left for Iraq, he could not even tell him goodbye. Brennan has five siblings that keep him going and involve him in every activity that they do. Brennan is our hero.”

As far as why they decided to name the team after Brennan, Kirschner said they believe in him and know that he will achieve great things in his life.

“Children and adults that have Asperger’s face challenges in life that we may never fully understand,” she said.

“They have a hard time reading social gestures, have texture issues and can experience anxiety about everyday issues such as time.”

For more information, contact Maegan or Brandon Kirschner at 455-2234 or 312-3006. 

“We are hoping to sponsor a walk here next year if we can grow it big enough,” she said.