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According to the Centers for Disease Control 1 in every 150 children is born with autism.
Saturday morning, more than 200 people braved the chilly weather to walk in a 5k for the National Autism Association of Southeastern Ohio. Organizer Shannon Coconis says the mission of this walk is to let people know autism is a treatable disease. Also to raise money for the "Pieces Of The Puzzle" grant available January 1, 2010.
"This grant can be used for biomedical treatments, traditional therapies, special diet foods, anything that pertains to the autistic child. There is no income limit, so pretty much it is going to be a first come, first serve basis based on who applies," says Coconis.
Coconis says her son is autistic and after seeing how expensive treatments were, she is working to raise awareness about autism and help families with the cost of treatment. This is the first year the local chapter of the National Autism Association of Southeastern Ohio has held a 5k. But Coconis says the turnout is overwhelming.
"It really is amazing because autism is something that really impacts families and to see this many people show up, it is a good feeling. Especially to know that we are going to help so many children after this," tells Coconis.
For a link to the application for the "Pieces Of The Puzzle" grant click on the NAASEO link on the right.