Walk in Westfield to raise awareness of Autism

The turnout was the largest since the organization Autism speaks began

WESTFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – An estimated 2,000 grown ups and children walked today in Westfield to increase Autism awareness here in Western Massachusetts.

The turnout was the largest since the organization Autism speaks began these walks to get people involved in programs that benefit autistic people. Autism’s a disorder in the development of a child’s brain.

Chrissey Gillis of Westfield told 22News she attended to support programs for a friend with an Autistic child.

“I think it’s very important because I don’t think a lot of people realize how much Autism effects people in the community. A lot of people say Autism, what’s that?”

22News storm team Meteorologist Adam Strzempko served as host and master for ceremonies for the occasion.

The thousands who attended raised money for programs and services that help autistic children and their families.

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