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Former hockey star foundation to raise awareness about autism

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KENNEWICK, Wash. -- Being the parent of a child with autism is a challenge. Finding the right treatments and resources is not always easy.

The third annual "responding to autism event" was at the Tri-Cities Convention Center Friday.

It provides parents and care givers information on educational learning, diet and nutrition, and behavioral patterns.

Former hockey star Olie Kolzig and his wife hosted the event. Their nine year old son was diagnosed with autism, leading them to start a foundation in his name, and open the autism center in Kennewick.

"True part of the nightmare is finding what is going to work for your son, what are going to be the best therapies. And for every child, and for every individual, it's different,"says Kolzig.

Some parents of autistic children say the foundation has helped them a lot, "Well, I spent a lot of time driving from here to other cities to attend events in Portland and Seattle, so it's nice to have it in our backyard."

The foundation will also have a "fun run" at Howard Amon park at 9:30 Saturday morning to raise more money for Autism awareness.

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