Saturday was Autism Awareness day and around fifteen hundred people in Greenville walked and ran for the cause.
It was the third annual Eastern Run/Walk For Autism. Last year the event raised over thirty thousand dollars. Officials hope to raise even more money this year.
Organizers at the Greenville Town Commons collected donations throughout the day. For many it is an opportunity to connect with others who are dealing with the disease.
Amy Soderstorm is a parent of autistic children and said, “I've cried almost three times this morning already, but mainly because I have twins with autism. They're ten years old and its important to get the world out to people in our community that they're here."
Christie Kay, also a parent of an autistic child said, “This is a proud moment, a lot of hard work has come together nicely, it’s a good turnout. It's just amazing to see the groups and teams getting larger and larger every year.”
Proceeds from the event benefit the programs and services supported by the Pitt County Chapter of the Autism Society of North Carolina in Eastern NC as well as some statewide services provided through the Autism Society of North Carolina. For over 40 years, the Autism Society of North Carolina has helped individuals on the autism spectrum and their families.