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    Lemar Marshall to speak at fundraising event for Legacy Farms

    This weekend, Legacy Farms, a local nonprofit focused on helping adults with autism, is throwing a Garden Party to raise awareness and boost local support. Washington Redskin, Lemar Marshall and his wife Donecia will be on hand to share their thoughts about life after high school for Zelyn, their son with autism. The Legacy Farms Garden Party will take place July 26 from 6 to 8 p.m. at 212 Prince St. in Leesburg.

    “We are always thinking about his future,” Marshall said, “Did we do enough to help him grow as a man and give him all of the options he will need to develop to become who he wants to be in life?”

    “Their fears are legitimate,” said Pamela Quinn, Loudoun County special education teacher and vice president of Legacy Farms. "Trying to plan for your child’s future while working to provide the best opportunities that ensure they succeed is a daunting task. That’s where Legacy Farms comes in.”

    Legacy Farms seeks to launch a residential farmstead providing vocational training for adults with special needs. To promote that vision, Legacy Garden was created for these adults to learn about growing crops.

    Legacy is also developing partnerships in the community such as a hydroponic greenhouse garden training center and a training program with a therapeutic horseback riding facility. These partnerships encourage community involvement to promote the farmstead vision.

    The Marshall’s message to inspire the local community to get involved with Legacy Farms is simple, “Basically, one of the things we have to continue to do, as a community, is to help special needs people by having supportive outlets available to them.” Marshall said. “People with autism and other special needs enjoy being around animals and learning, and they can do that on a farm while gaining the independence they desire.”

    For more information visit http://www.legacyfarmsvirginia.org.

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