Run/walk raises awareness, funds for students with autism

BROWN COUNTY, Wis. (WBAY) - Hundreds of people are expected to raise awareness about autism Saturday during Howard-Suamico's annual 2Myles4Autism run/walk.

The two-mile event starts at 9 a.m. at Meadowbrook Elementary School, 720 Hillcrest Heights, Howard.

The purpose is to raise awareness for autism and promote acceptance. All money raised goes to the Howard-Suamico School District to support students with autism and their families.

Students are the main organizers of the walk. They create posters and help secure sponsors.

The walk was created in 2012 and inspired by then-third grader Myles Welnetz.

Money from the walk helps pay for training for teachers and adaptive technology.

Teacher Vanessa Moran says the driving force behind the walk is to promote a message of inclusion.

"One of my passions as an educator is making sure students understand the plight that people with autism face on a daily basis and we've been working really hard about what autism is and how it affects the brain," Moran says.

Student Aiden Cherek says, "People with autism don't always get treated the right way."

Student Kasidi Machkovich says, "Some people judge by the way they look and they need to get to know them."

People can sign up online or in person on Saturday.

Registration is $8/participant or $30/household.


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