Annual Golf Outing Benefits Families with Autism

by WHIZ Reporter on June 4, 2012 at 6:34 am

Area golfers hit the green for an important cause Monday.

Players gathered at the Zanesville Country Club for the 3rd annual "Tee It Up Fore Autism."

Shannon Coconis is the president of the National Autism Association of Southeastern Ohio and said the purpose is to raise money for local families in order to afford the necessary medical treatments and therapies that are not covered by insurance in Ohio.

"The new numbers are now 1 in 88 kids will be diagnosed with Autism, and it’s actually worse for boys, it’s about 1 in 54 boys. So the numbers are pretty staggering," Said Coconis.

Coconis’ son, Sammy was diagnosed with autism four years ago and said resources weren’t available for her family.

With this golf tournament put on by her father-in-law Randy, and her husband, Bo, she wants to help those dealing with this disease.

"After we got into it and were treating him and were seeing positive results, we wanted other families to have that same opportunity, so that’s why we started this National Autism Association," she added.

Last year the event raised $50,000 for area children and families.

Coconis hopes to surpass that total this year.