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Phenix City hosts free concert for autism charity

PHENIX CITY, AL (WTVM) -

There was a country music concert at Moon Lake in Idle Hour Park on Saturday and it was all to benefit a good cause.

The Autism Hope Center organized the free event in Phenix City to raise awareness of a condition that affects one in 88 children. The concert's featured singer, Eric Lee, is a native of Alabama. He made Phenix City the first stop on his nationwide tour to help draw attention to the problem for families in our area.

"We're raising money for these children because they need help. There's a lot of things the insurance doesn't pay for and any money they can get helps with equipment and therapy," said Lee.

The latest analysis shows the number of children diagnosed with autism has increased 78% since 2002. Families who raise an autistic child can expect to incur a lifetime cost of $2.3 million.

For more information about this charity, visit www.autismhopecenter.com.

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