Posted By: Camila Orti
The 7th annual 'Walk Now for Autism Speaks' took place Saturday afternoon, bringing hundreds of families together.
"There's like a sense of community with everyone else who deals with the same things we do," Kristi Hamilton of Omaha said.
Walk Chair Vicki Dependbusch said that's the idea of the walk.
"We want to give them the opportunity to come out, have fun, get some resource information and meet other families," Dependbusch said.
It was a new experience for Mason Davis and his son Jaydence, who was diagnosed with autism earlier this year. Davis says it has not been easy.
"Seeing him struggle at times is hard, he's smart, he's extremely smart," Davis said.
Like other children with autism, Davis says Jaydence has trouble communicating at times.
Nearly 40 of the five-year-old's friends and family walked in his name.
"It's just so important to show Jay that we're all here for him, and that people are here for us," Davis said.
The walk drew nearly 1,000 people to Haymarket Park, including Governor Dave Heineman and even Darth Vader.
Organizers say participating teams raised about $60,000, which will go to the Autism Speaks organization for research, support and grants.
Autism is the fastest–growing serious developmental disorder in the United States.
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