Walking to Raise Awareness

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Urbana- Over 700 people came out to the 8th Annual Autism Walk and Resource Fair to help raise awareness.

Since the event began 8 years ago, they have seen the numbers grow each year. This year was no different, making it the biggest attendance to date.

The event which takes place at the Champaign County Fairgrounds gives families affected by autism the chance to be with others who understand the disability, while raising awareness.

The event includes a walk around the track on the fairgrounds, a silent auction, a raffle, and 30 booths from organizations that offer services to families with children with autism.

Marissa Abernathy, who has a son with autism, has been attending the event for years, which helps provide a sense of community. 

Her son enjoys the walk every year because it gives him a chance to with others like him.

The amount of children diagnosed with this disability is on the rise, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring report that 1 out of every 68 child born in the United States exhibits characteristics on the autism spectrum.

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