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Health Watch: Group wants to "Light Up Columbus" with the color blue for Autism

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It’s time to light up Columbus! Stroller Strong Moms and Uptown Columbus are hoping to raise awareness about the challenges faced by parents of autistic children. They’re hoping to do that by painting the town blue this month.

1 in 88 American children is diagnosed with autism. Kimberly Kapacziewski is the mother of a three year old autistic son and director of Light Up Columbus. When Cody was 18 months old, Kimberly noticed he wasn’t meeting many of his milestones.

“First and foremost would have been language. He didn’t have any language whatsoever,”  said Kapacziewski .

Experts recommended that Cody receive 25 hours a week of Applied Behavioral Analysis. But his insurance only pays for 12. That’s just one of the many challenges parents of autistic children face.

To raise awareness, a 1k, 5k and 10k event is planned for April 18th in Uptown Columbus. In the meantime, the group is trying to reach as many businesses and homes this month to get them to display a blue light on their buildings. You can purchase the bulbs at Home Depot and other stores.

For more information, visit  http://lightupcolumbus.org/ 

You can also visit the Light Up Columbus Facebook page.

Teresa Whitaker

In addition to co-anchoring the 6 and 11 p.m. newscasts weeknights, Teresa serves as the Healthwatch reporter for WRBL. More>>

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