Apr 26, 2014 6:09 PM by Leah Kraus

Hundreds participate in autism 5k race

Autism affects one in 68 children and one in 42 boys, according to the organization "Autism Speaks."

Perhaps even scarier, those numbers are growing.

Linden Williams is one of those children.

His parents say they noticed he was different at the age of two -- primarily in that he wasn't talking. Eventually a specialist concluded that Linden had autism.

"It's been a long road for Linden but he's seen a lot of improvement with his speech," says Jason Williams, Linden's father.

The family says autism hasn't been a huge burden financially because their health insurance covers most of the costs.

To give back to the place that has helped Linden so much, the Williams' family decided to participate in the 5K Walk/Run for Autism Saturday afternoon at America the Beautiful Park.

"It's really about hope and the fact that autism is treatable," says Michelle Linn, president of the board of Alpine Autism Center.

Linden ended the race with both a shiny medal for participating and a big smile on his face.

The center says 800 participated in the race this year and that it continues to grow every year.



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