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Autism Walk Northland Works To Pass $100,000 Milestone

Posted at: 09/08/2013 3:56 PM
Updated at: 09/08/2013 10:36 PM
By: Laurie Stribling
lstribling@wdio.com

For some kids in the Northland, they need a little extra help when it comes to learning in the classroom. To help out, people got together Sunday to raise money and awareness for local kids with autism.

Autism Walk Northland is in its seventh year and has already raised $90,000 for local kids. Organizers said they hope to pass the $100,000 milestone this year.

The money helps buy supplies for autistic kids that some schools can't afford.

"Some need devices to be able to speak for them which is an expensive item," Autism Walk Northland Co-Chair Kim Seguin. "They need different ways to learn. A lot of them write on white boards."

Seguin said the money goes to schools across the Northland, from Proctor to Two Harbors

"We are completely local," Seguin said. "All our money stays in this area, so every dollar that we get goes back to the kids."

We caught up with a team from Cromwell Sunday.

"We do this walk every year for our daughter Chandelle," Christine Warner said.

Team Channy was made up of about 40 people.

"It feels great," Christine Warner said. "It's awesome that everybody came out to walk with us today."

Chandelle's dad Tyson Warner was also at the event. He said Autism Walk Northland is a great resource for kids and schools in the area.

"I think it's really important because all the people here are local people," Tyson Warner said. "This is where everyone lives and it's nice to see the money going towards people that live here."

The event averages $20,000 to $40,000 each year.