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BANGOR, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- The Autism Society of Maine hosted the 12th annual statewide Walk for Autism Sunday. The walks help raise money for events throughout the year, like a family retreat in Standish, camp summit for kids with autism, and classes for brothers and sisters of children with disabilities.

Four separate walks attracted 500 people to help educate the community about autism, which effects an estimated one out of 42 boys and one in 189 girls in the United States, according to Autism Speaks. Locals gathered from Presque Isle, Bangor, Farmington and Biddeford to share their stories.

"I think a lot of families feel isolated in their communities. Some kids have certain noises and sounds and they get upset by sensory issues. They can be set off by little things, so they don't come out a lot because they feel that people are either looking or staring and don't understand," said Director of Programs and Administration for Autism Society of Maine Cathy Dionne.

The goal was to raise $50,000 dollars.

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