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[AUG. 24, 2006]  SILVIS -- 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 Rickard Road.

For more information about other stops in the United States, please contact Kami Olmstead at 309-376-3348 or

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