Runners Raise Money for Autism

By: Jennifer Milton Email
By: Jennifer Milton Email

Nearly 200 people in Tallahassee laced up their running shoes and raced toward the finish line to help support a good cause.

Folks spent the foggy morning running and walking in the 2011 Autism 5-K and one mile fun run at the Southwood Town Center.

Money raised at the event will benefit the FSU Autism Project, which helps support autism research, training, community outreach and family needs.

"It's important for us because it's the only way that we have to help support families directly. Without this type of event, we would not be able to do what we do for families," said Janice Overstreet.

According to the autism advocacy organization "Autism Speaks," an estimated 1.5 million individuals in the U.S. and tens of millions worldwide are affected by autism.

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