Thousands walk for 10th Carolinas Walk for Autism at zMax

Published: Oct. 28, 2012 at 4:11 AM EDT|Updated: Nov. 27, 2012 at 5:11 AM EST
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CONCORD, NC (WBTV) - Thousands of people packed zMax Drag way in Concord Saturday morning, but they weren't on the track for a race.

They showed up for the 10th Carolinas Walk for Autism.

The event featured families from all over the Carolinas.

WBTV anchor and reporter, Jamie Boll, served as the emcee for the event.

Organizers hope to increase awareness about autism. There were 377 teams walking. They raised $362,000 for scientific research, advocacy efforts, and family services.

The 10th Carolinas Walk for Autism means a lot to the 6500 people who walked Saturday.

"'Cause it's highly important and when I pass away they're going to take my brain, Autism Speaks Tissue Department and run tests on it to see why we're so behind schedule," said Kate Shepherd, an autistic mother who has an autistic child.

Autism is now diagnosed in one in 88 children, including one in 54 boys.

In North Carolina, one of every 70 children are diagnosed with Autism, which includes one in every 43 boys.

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