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Thousands Join In Walk For Autism Cure at Ballpark

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

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  • Paul Poole

    What a great event, and what a beautiful day it was to have it! The Philadelphia Ghostbusters were proud to have been part of this. The overwhelming amount of people sharing their devotion to this cause was truly impressive!

    – Paul Poole
    Philadelphia Ghostbusters

  • Jill and Chuck Ford

    Please enjoy the video we made in memory of Saturday’s event. Copy and paste the link below into your browser.

    Thanks again!

  • Patch

    What a beautiful day, shared with wonderful, happy people.

  • shonda

    It was beautifully done. Me and my husband were touched and overwhelmed with the amount of ppl showing their love, support and care. I am a mother to a 3 1/ yr old son wth autism. He too loved it and enjoyed the walk/ppl. It was our first and surely not our last. Thank you Autism Speaks-Philly!

  • mike humay

    Mike Victoria And Kayla Nikki,
    Jill and Chuck,we all had a great time,and we were in awl of all of the people that wrer there to support the cause for Autism.
    Riley will have a great support team in hisfuture Love Ya

  • deb

    jill and chuck it was great to be involved in something so important and so close to home im very happy amanda and i could be part of it we love you!!!!!

  • Jill

    This was an amazing experience. Our family walked in honor of our son Riley and together raised almost $4000. The walk was well organized, motivating, fun and most of encouraging to those families living with autism. It felt good to give back to a community that has helped us over the last couple of years. GREAT JOB!

    Jill and Chuck Ford

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