America for Autism to stop in Springfield
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[AUG. 24, 2006]
-- Across American for Autism began its second annual "Journey of
Hope" drive from Moline on Aug. 5. The organization is asking
parents, members of communities and the media to join them at 20
stops across the nation.
At each stop, participants will deliver "boxes of hope," a variety
of supplements and remedies that are currently being used to treat
autism spectrum disorder. Currently one in 166 children in the
United States is diagnosed with the syndrome. The purpose of the
cross-country journey is to create a greater awareness about ASD,
while raising funds for families who need financial assistance with
treatments for their children.
Across America for Autism was
established as a result of the rising costs associated with treating
a child with autism. Founder Kami Olmstead has two sons with ASD.
Determined to find a way for all families to afford treatments for
their autistic children, She formed Across America for Autism.
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This month Olmstead is driving across the nation with her
children on the "Journey of Hope." At each venue she will speak
about Across America for Autism and the campaign to assist thousands
of children with getting the tools they need to recover.
To help make this journey a success, the public is invited to an
evening of information and inspiration in Springfield on Monday,
beginning at 5 p.m., at the office of Dr. Georgia Davis, 1112
For more information about other stops in the United States,
please contact Kami Olmstead at 309-376-3348 or