Community Members Hold 'Rock for Autism' Event In Grafton

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Autism is one of the fastest growing disabilities in the United States. As of right now, there is no cure and affects one in 88 children.

Community members came together to raise awareness about these alarming statistics on Saturday at the Rock for Autism event.

"Everybody loves music and we have a lot of friends in the music business," said Paula Carpenter, organizer. "Bobby's father used to play in a band. Everything around us is music. Autism rocks. If you've ever been around an autistic child they will rock back and forth."

When Bobby was diagnosed with autism, Jennifer McClain knew her life was going to change forever.

But, she kept a positive attitude.

"A lot of people see it as a disability but I see it as a gift. He's amazing." McClain said. "He is so intelligent. I think people need to understand that rather then look at them like they're disabled."

Now she dedicates her time to raising awareness about the disability.

"We are definitely trying to raise awareness. A lot of people still don't know what autism is and it's becoming so common," McClain said.

All of the proceeds from the Rock for Autism event go to a good cause.

"We are giving the monies to the special needs around this area," Carpenter said. "Marshall University, they have a program. Give them a little bit of money so they can go out and do more."

For more information on the cause, visit the Rock for Autism Facebook Page.


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