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Erie Community Walks to Support Autism

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April is national Autism awareness month, and on Saturday, thousands of people laced up in support of the 13th annual Walk For Autism.

The walk raises money for local kids and adults on the spectrum.

Ayden Miller and his family walked for "Team Ayden"; they were among 70 other teams registered to walk.

"My son, Ayden, was diagnosed with Autism when he was around 3 and a half years old," said Ayden's mom, Jen Miller.  "He's 10 now and he receives a ton of support from the community."

"I'm here supporting my brother," said Ayden's 8 year old sister, Abbey Miller.  "I love him a lot."

The purpose of the walk is to increase awareness of Autism and to fund projects and activities for people with Autism, in the Erie community.

Organizers say autism isn't just a childhood illness.

"Our little kiddos on the spectrum will grow up to be adults on the spectrum," said Tiesh Bartlett, Executive Director of the Autism Society of NWPA.  "They're going to need our support, our understanding and our acceptance," she said.

Ayden's family is just one example of that support.  His uncle, Josh is currently serving overseas in Korea.  Even though Josh couldn't be at the walk, troops raised more than $1,000 in support of "Team Ayden" and the Autism Society of NWPA.

Their donation, along with countless others, benefits autistic individuals in Erie.

 "All the money here that we raise will stay in the local area and support families and individuals on the autism spectrum," said Bartlett.

This year, 2500 people took part in the walk.
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