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Superhero fundraiser happening this weekend to help raise autism awareness

A Lafayette center is mixing a free day of activities with an opportunity to learn about autism.

Posted: Jun. 8, 2018 9:16 AM
Updated: Jun. 8, 2018 9:24 AM

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — A local center is hosting a fundraiser for families across the Greater Lafayette Area. Organizers are mixing a free day of activities with an opportunity to learn about autism.

The LittleStar ABA Therapy center is hosting its second annual superhero fundraiser Saturday, June 9. It's happening at Riehle Plaza.

Program Manager Apprentice Heather Fisher said, "This fundraiser is a great opportunity to bring the Lafayette community together and raise awareness and acceptance for autism."

Employees at the center try to help improve the lives of everyone impacted by autism. This is done through applied behavior analysis therapy and about 30 families across Greater Lafayette benefit.

"A lot of our families show up with their kids and just to be in an environment where they feel supported and accepted and being able to see all of the community coming together for their kids, it's just really special," said Clinical Director Jackie Thaxton.

More than 100 people came out last year and organizers are hoping the crowd grows even bigger this year and for years to come.

"The families loved it last year," said Thaxton. "We really want to continue to try to do this annually."

It's not just for families impacted by autism, but all families across Greater Lafayette. Money raised is going towards the centers care, advocacy, progress fund. The CAP fund helps families needing help covering the cost of services at the center after insurance.

"So that none of our learners are turned away," said Fishers. "It takes the financial burden off of our parents.

There will be vendors, food trucks, music and raffle prizes, which were donated by people across the community. The event is free to attend.

"There are donation jars kind of through out, but actually, there is no entrance fee or anything like that," added Thaxton.

If you're wondering how the event got its name, workers at the center believe their kiddos are their superheros.

"We're just so proud of them and we actually look up to them versus them looking up to us," Fishers said. "We may be there teacher, but they're the ones that inspire us everyday."

The fundraiser is from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. rain or shine.

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