A local branch of a national organization hosted a fundraiser for Autism at Zane Landing Park.
Saturday, was the 5th annual National Autism Association of Southeast Ohio’s Walk for Autism . More than 500 people who are affected in some way by the disease came out to spread awareness and raise money for research.
"My middle son is on the autism spectrum," said President of NAASEO, Shannon Coconis. We started on this path, we found that it was a path of healing and recovery and we didn’t want any other child to not have access to the services we found helpful because of money."
Visitors were also able to visit different booths that featured information about organizations and programs that cater to the needs of people that have autism. The National Autism Association is one group in particular that provides grants to families struggling to afford expensive services associated with the disease.
"You know if there’s one thing I could say is I would like people to know about our grants," said Coconis. Go to the web site download the application, we don’t look at people’s finances, nobody makes too much money to apply for these grants."
The organization hoped to raise at least $10,000 at the walk, and the money raised will help fund the grants that they offer annually. For more information you can visit their website.