Autism Speaks event com­ing to Dun­das

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Dun­das walk am­bas­sador Liam Blanche hopes the com­mu­nity will join him June 24 as he takes steps to raise money for Autism Speaks Canada.

The sec­ond an­nual three-kilo­me­tre walk takes place at the Dun­das Driv­ing Park, with regis­tra­tion at 9 a.m.

Liam was di­ag­nosed with autism just prior to his third birth­day.

In the seven years since, dad Dave Blanche said his son has met his chal­lenges and blown past any ex­pec­ta­tion his fam­ily could have imag­ined.

“He’s a kind, in­tel­li­gent and happy kid who has a pas­sion for video games, board games and base­ball,” said Blanche.

In fact, Liam’s pas­sion for base­ball, his en­thu­si­asm and sense of fair play was rec­og­nized by Greensville Mi­nor Base­ball, his team­mates and coaches when they named Liam the Most Sports­man­like Player last year.

The St. Au­gus­tine School stu­dent is also a huge fan of the Toronto Blue Jays.

“Liam is a great ex­am­ple of how a child on the autism spec­trum can achieve great things with per­son­al­ized sup­port,” said Blanche.

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