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Introduction

On April 26 of 2008 our family participated in the WALK NOW FOR AUTISM which is a huge event to raise money in order to find the cure for Autism. Our son Diego was diagnosed with this disease on September of 2007 (when he was 26 months old). With the help of friends and relatives we raised almost $25.000 for this cause. We hope that one day we can stop this epidemic.

Autism is a complex brain disorder that inhibits a person's ability to communicate and develop social relationships and is often accompanied by extreme behavioral challenges. Autism spectrum disorders are diagnosed in 1 in 150 children in the United States, affecting four times as many boys as girls. The diagnosis of autism has increased tenfold in the last decade. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have called autism a national public health crisis whose cause and cure remain unknown.