Hundreds walk for “Autism Speaks” in Westfield

Organizers set a goal of $125,000 for autism research

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WESTFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Nearly 600 people took part in Saturday’s annual “Walk for Autism” at Stanley Park in Westfield.

Organizers set a goal of $125,000 for autism research, and got one step closer with Saturday’s event.

Parents of autistic children told 22News prior to the walk, that events such as this help to create a greater understanding about the nature of autism.

Diane Porfilio of Longmeadow, told 22News, “We’re here today for my daughter Diane, she was diagnosed with Autism when she was 2, Autism speaks really helped.”

Saturday’s turn out of at least 575 people brought them closer to their goal of raising $125,000. Money earmarked for research and awareness to help families who have autistic children.