Walk raises money for Autism research and awareness

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - More than 8,000 walkers and supporters came together on Saturday morning to raise funds for autism research.

The Sixth Annual Walk Now for Autism Speaks was held on Saturday at Cincinnati's Coney Island.

Organizers of the event hope to raise over $400 thousand to support local and national efforts of autism research, awareness, advocacy and family services. Organizers say that one in every 88 children are affected by autism.

The day includes an optional 1.5 mile walk, family entertainment, children's activities, free rides and a community resource fair with educational resources for families affected by autism.

All proceeds from the event will benefit Autism Speaks, the nation's leading autism advocacy program.

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