BAR HARBOR, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Hundreds walked the streets of Bar Harbor Tuesday for the 5th annual Autism Awareness Walk-A-Thon.

The walk started downtown at Agamont Park and spanned a mile in a half long. All of Bar Harbor was a sea of red with around 120 people walking the streets to show their support and to help raise awareness about autism.

"I'm really excited to tell people that there are things they can do to treat their children. That autism is a medical disorder and to give people hope" said Ellen Stanley who's daughter is recovering from the disorder.

1 in 88 children are identified as having some form of autism according to the Center's for Disease Control and Prevention. The money raised at Tuesday's walk will go to Downeast Horizons, an organization providing community-based services for adults and children with developmental disabilities.

"If we can identify children that have autism, or autism like symptoms, we can identify them and we can get them early treatment that will hopefully minimize the need for any supportive services in the future," said Downeast Horizons Executive Director, Tony Zambrano.

Around $3,000 was raised from the event as of Tuesday afternoon, but donations are expected to continue to come in through out the week.

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