Thousands Join Autism Walk

April 28, 2012 Updated Nov 2, 2013 at 10:33 AM EDT

By WKBW News

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April 28, 2012 Updated Nov 2, 2013 at 10:33 AM EDT

GETZVILLE, N.Y. ( WKBW ) Over 3,000 people walked to support Summit Educational Resources to raise money and awareness in the fight against autism Saturday morning.

The event kicked off at their Stahl Road facility, with walkers enjoying a journey through Amherst on a crisp and sunny day.

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Thousands of Western New York children and families are served through Summit's excellent programs. Walkers joined together to support children and young adults with autism and related developmental disabilities.

A picnic with food, beverages, and children's activities immediately followed the Walk.

Duane Paddock of Paddock Chevrolet, and Jeff Zimmer from Reeds Jenns, were chairman of the walk. They commented to Eyewitness News that their unique connection to autism brought them together to help Summit and their services. Zimmer has a 22 year old son with autism, and Paddock has a nephew who faces these challenges.

WKBW Channel 7 is a proud co-sponsor of the event that raised over $250,000 dollars.

Autism is the fastest growing developmental disability in the United States affecting 1 in every 88 children. Every 21 minutes, a child is born with autism.

There is much to learn about autism and no cure. But at Summit Educational Resources, children and young adults with autism make amazing strides everyday with support from our educational programs – which can start as early as 18-months and continue through age 21; our family support services – which include respite and in-home support; and research – which focuses on the most effective treatment methods.

Your support will allow us to continue helping kids with autism learn the things that come naturally to typical children.

To learn more about Summit's services, visit: www.summited.org and www.summitadhdcenter.org.