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Nearly 500 people walk for autism awareness

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Nearly 500 people walked Sunday to help raise money for autism awareness. Nearly 500 people walked Sunday to help raise money for autism awareness.
SIOUX CITY, Iowa (KTIV) -

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, autism is the fastest growing developmental disability in the United States.

It affects 1 out of 88 children, including 1 in 54 boys. For that reason, folks were out at Bacon Creek Park Sunday, to help raise money for research.

Nearly 500 people came out for the 7th Annual Autism Awareness Fun Walk and Run. Groups navigated either the one- or three-mile course, in honor of someone they love, while others just wanted to help contribute.

Organizers were most impressed by the number of children that participated.

"There's a lot of kids out here who aren't on the spectrum that are supporting kids who are on the spectrum. It just shows a lot of love," said Sarah Nelson of the Autism Walk Committee.

All of the money raised will go to help parents and children with autism around Siouxland, including scholarships to Camp High Hopes.

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