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'Act Today' for military families with autism

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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - Did you know autism is more common than juvenile diabetes, pediatric aids, and pediatric cancer combined. A national organization, 'Act Today,' aids military families by raising funds for autism treatment grants.

Military wife and autism mother Jennie Wu of San Diego is racing against the clock to increase awareness of autism and funds for military families with children with autism.

[For more information about ACT Today!, CLICK HERE >>]

Research shows one in every 88 military children has autism. Autism is more prevalent than juvenile diabetes, pediatric cancer and pediatric AIDS combined. It is the fastest developmental disability in America.


Wu, whose 11-year old son is severely autistic and non-verbal, is leading the 4th Annual ONEHOPE ACT Today! for Military Families 5k/10k Run/Walk & Family Festival, which will be on Saturday, April 19th at Tecolote Shores Park in Mission Bay, San Diego. The charitable event is open to the community and will benefit military families with children with autism. The event also celebrates National Autism Awareness Month and the Month of the Military Child.

[To sign up for the 5k/10k Fun Run, CLICK HERE >>]

ACT Today! is a national, non-profit organization whose mission is to raise awareness and provide treatment services and support to families to help their children with autism achieve their full potential. These services include therapy, medical care, social skills programs, assistive technology and safety equipment, to name a few. ACT Today! created the ACT Today! for Military Families (ATMF) program in 2010 to extend support to military families with children with autism.

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