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Hundreds of people participate in Light It Up Blue Columbus for autism

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COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - On National Autism Awareness Day Autism Hope Center hosted is first ever Light It Up Blue Columbus Walk and 5k at Woodruff Park.  

Following nearly two straight days of rain the Chattahoochee was still in a state flood warning forcing the Autism Hope Center to relocate the 5k. Fortunately, they were still able to keep the walk at Woodruff park. 

The 5k was moved over to the Civic Center, "Flooding has made it a little bit difficult. We had to move the run over to the Civic Center because the river walk is underwater.  We are having a run and not a swim," said Ryan Thor a board member with the Autism Hope Center.

Despite the weather situation over 200 people came out to help raise awareness and money for autism. 

"These kids need anywhere from lots of help, extreme cases could be up to $90,000  a year in needed assistance.  And then you have some that are higher up on the spectrum that can be in inclusion classes in school but it can still cost up to 20 thousand dollars a year," said Thor.  

If you were unable to make it out to the Light It Up Blue Columbus Walk and 5k you can still donate to their cause by clicking here

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