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Paintball Event For Autism

LUDLOW, Mass. (WGGB) — Shooting some paint for autism awareness.

A local group took the fight against autism into the woods today for the 6th annual Paintball Extravaganza at Airsports Paintball.

Autism is a condition that effects 1 and 110 children each year.

“We come out here have a great time. There is a lot camaraderie a lot of people on the field who know someone or are aware of those with autism whether their children or adults,” said Julie Sokol, co-organizer.

The event raised money for Community Resources For People With Autism of Easthampton.

Rick Greenaway and his four year old son Dylan were happy to be at Sunday’s event. Dylan has a form of autism.

“Everyday is a new challenge. There are some days you are having a good day . Then there is just days when they are out of tone with what’s going on those are the hard days you know, but for every five days you have that good day it makes everyday null and void,” said Rick Greenaway.

The paintball event means a lot to Rick because he can enjoy his passion and be with people who are doing their part to also raise awareness about autism.

“It makes you feel good to know that people are out there willing to help,” said Greenaway.

Rick said he’s going to get Dylan onto the paintball field when he gets older. He even hopes to start a paintball team for kids with autism.

For more paintball events check out Airsports website – http://www.airsportspb.com/

Community Resources For People With Autism – http://www.communityresourcesforautism.org/matriarch/default_crpa.asp

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