2nd Annual Dan River Autism Awareness Walk Raises $20,000

Danville, VA-- All over the nation, organizations have been spreading the word about autism, in honor of Autism Awareness month.

On Saturday, Danville celebrated with the second Annual Dan River Autism Awareness 5K in Angler's Park.

Organizers hoped the race will help bring together people in the area who are affected by autism. They said they had about 1,000 walkers and runners take part in the race. They told us, the good turn out shows a lot of people are really devoted to this cause.

"People with autism spectrum disorders are here in this community and they might learn a little bit differently and interact a little bit differently but they're just another child, and so today that's what it's all about," said Lauren Mathena, Director of the 5K.

Organizers said they raised around $20,000. All proceeds go to the Autism Education Fund.