PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Nearly 14,000 people turned out Saturday at Citizens Bank Park to raise money to help find a cure for autism.
The numbers are staggering. Autism now affects one in 110 children, that’s up from one in 150 just a few years ago. It’s the fastest growing serious developmental disability in the United States. The eighth annual Philadelphia Walk Now for Autism Speaks is a fundraising and awareness event.
Dr. Charles Cognato, principal at Stetston Middle School in West Chester, led a team of 16 which raised more than three thousand dollars:
“I’ve done it alone for the past three years so I said I’m tired of walking alone and I rallied the support of the staff and a lot of parents are here and children as well.”
Organizers are hoping this year’s walk raises more than $850,000 for research and family services. If you weren’t able to make it out there, you can donate here.
Reported By: Brad Segall, KYW Newsradio