NORTH HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — The Benhaven Walk for Autism stepped off at North Haven High School on Sunday.

The two-mile walk featured live music, food, a raffle, and much more. Nearly 300 walkers took part in an effort to benefit Benhaven – a local non-profit that helps people with Autism, intellectual disabilities, and related disabilities.

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Kyle Scheyd of Benhaven Academy told News 8, “Even though I have autism, it’s just one of the things the way I am who I am.”

Stephen DiCristina, a senior at North Haven High explained, “My brother has autism and I really support him, and he does great by himself. He’s a little bit more independent than I would say most autistic people are, but it’s still really nice to come here and really support them and learn more about them.”

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News 8’s own Sarah Cody was there supporting the cause and counting down the step-off.

Organizers say Sunday’s event raised close to $50,000 to help Benhaven provide aid to the community.