Thousands Slip on Sneakers for Autism Awareness

Published 04/12 2014 10:58PM

Updated 04/12 2014 11:54PM

BENTONVILLE, AR -- People went walking for Autism awareness at the 5th Annual Autism Involves Me Family Fun Walk.

There were crafts, bounce houses, games and prizes for the kids, and more than 2,500 people showed up at Grace Point Church for the event..

"To see the families out having fun, and not a kid out here that doesn't have a smile on his face, that means the world," said John Leachman, Executive Director of Autism Involves Me and father of a son that has Autism.

"It's all about support. It's always support, support, support. That's what we've done since day one and you have to stay positive and you have to reinforce the positive behaviors," said Ronya Marveggio, whose son has Asperger's.

All proceeds for the AIM Walk will help Northwest Arkansas families and individuals affected by Autism Spectrum Disorders.

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