WNC Run/Walk for Autism Raises over $45,000 for Families

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Autism Society of North Carolina fundraiser draws hundreds to UNC-Asheville.

Walking with Grace was one of the teams participating in the WNC Run/Walk for Autism.

More than 400 participants and 75 volunteers participated in the 9th annual WNC Run/Walk for Autism on Saturday, Sept. 13, raising more than $45,000 to benefit the Autism Society of North Carolina.

Proceeds from the WNC Run/Walk for Autism will fund local programs of the Autism Society of North Carolina (ASNC), the leading statewide resource organization serving people across the autism spectrum throughout their lifespans:

  • Residential, recreational, vocational, and community-based services that make it possible for individuals with autism to lead fulfilling lives
  • Sara Handlan Crisis Fund to provide financial assistance for families in crisis in the Asheville area
  • Support groups, advocacy, and workshops for caregivers and professionals

The WNC Run/Walk for Autism included the Diamond Brand 5K race, which is part of the Asheville Track Club Grand Prix Series; a 5K noncompetitive run; and a recreational 1K run/walk. The event also gave families a chance to celebrate autism awareness and acceptance with their community. Local businesses, service providers, support resources, and sponsors showcased their offerings to families.


  • Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a lifelong developmental disability that typically appears during the first three years of life. Recent studies estimate that up to 1 of every 58 children born in North Carolina will be affected by ASD.
  • For more than 44 years, the Autism Society of North Carolina has worked to address areas of need and expand services for the autism community in North Carolina. ASNC works to directly improve the lives of individuals affected by autism, by providing advocacy, education, and services.
  • Additional information is available by calling 1-800-442-2762 or by visiting http://www.autismsociety-nc.org.

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