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Thousands raise awareness during 'Autism in Action' 5K and walk

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Thousands of people from around the area gathered at Thompson Park Saturday morning for the Autism in Action 5k and walk to help raise awareness for the disorder.

One in 88 children are now being identified on the Autism Spectrum, what some are calling an "autism epidemic". That's why proceeds from Saturday morning's walk will benefit the Amarillo Area Autism in Action, a group that promotes education and research for children with autism, in addition to kids with other disabilities in the Amarillo area.

"This is the big party, it's our 3rd Annual Autism Awareness Walk and our First Annual 1-in-88 5K run," said Autism Awareness Walk Chairperson Karen Day. "And new re[reports from the CDC show that the numbers can range from as many as one in 88 to one in 50 children who may be on the Autism Spectrum."

Day also said when they started this event three years ago, about 250 people were involved, but it's grown to the more than 1,000 people that turned out Saturday, the largest turnout they've had so far.