5K Walk For Autism Awareness Held In Queens

School safety agents helped host a walk for autism in Queens on Saturday.

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- School safety agents helped host a walk for autism in Queens. The event was held at Cunningham Park in Fresh Meadows. About 500 people participated in this 5K event. Participants came out in waves throughout the day because of COVID. Organizers say they wanted to support parents struggling during the pandemic and also raise awareness about autism.

YAMESE LAVINGTON: There are so many people out there with special needs. And we frown upon them. And they're wonderful people. So with us supporting this and coming out here with the walk, people get to see, like, hey, everyone's human. It's wonderful.

NAOMY WILLIAMS: I think it will help other parents who don't have autistic children to understand what we as parents together as a whole go through.

- This was the group's first walk. They raised more than $12,000.