Walk to support Autism Speaks is this weekend

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - Thousands of people are expected to turn out to Charlotte Motor Speedway this Saturday for the 9th annual Carolinas Walk Now for Autism Speaks.

"We need to fund science so we can figure our the causes of Autism and develop good treatments," said Dr. Geri Dawson.  "These walks are essential for us to fund raise and really to make these breakthroughs happen."

Dawson is the chief science officer for Autism Speaks which is a non-profit that helps fund research and awareness programs.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says one in 110 children are diagnosed with Autism.  The number is one in 70 for boys.  Dawson says great progress is being made in the search for causes and better treatments.

"What we are discovering now is that Autism is a biological condition and also that it is treatable," said Dawson.  "If we can find kids at an early age and provide early intervention it can have a huge impact on outcomes."

Hugh Love, co-chair of this year's walk appeared on WBTV News at 5:30 to explain the mission of Autism Speaks and how important this fundraiser is to the organization's efforts.

Click here to form a walk team or to make a donation in support of the Carolinas Walk Now for Autism Speaks.

The event is Saturday October 9th at Charlotte Motor Speedway.  Registration starts at 8:00 a.m. The walk begins at 10:00 a.m.