More than 900 people participated in this year's Chattanooga Autism Awareness Walk that started bright and early at Coolidge Park Saturday morning.

Mayor Andy Berke gave a quick speech to kick off the event then hundreds of people took off and walked miles throughout the downtown area all for a good cause.

"I walked for Autism Awareness to help people out that have Autism like my brother his name is Mathew," said Autism Awareness Walk Participant.   

Over 50 teams made up of family, friends, co-workers and anyone that knows someone effected by Autism Spectrum Disorder arrived around 10 a.m., prepared to raise money, offer support and walk over two and a half miles while enjoying a beautiful view of the scenic city. 

"It was a true Chattanooga walk. They started in Coolidge Park went across the Walnut Bridge and around the Art District," said Dave Buck, Chattanooga Autism Center.

Channel 3 tagged along and several family's like Jimmy and Gina Mitch, that helped organize this event said that is dear to their heart. 

Over 900 people that arrived to support the Autism Awareness event also enjoyed activities that were set up for kids while mixing and mingling with others that may understand what life is like living with someone with Autism. 

Over $50,000 was raised Saturday, the Chattanooga Autism Centers will immediately be put to good use.

"The money will stay local. It will help families, put together programs in Chattanooga and the surrounding area," said Buck.

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