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SILENT RIDE: Carousel Ride Raises Money For Autism

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For a growing number of kids, the sounds of summer are more than they can handle.

On Sunday morning, Heritage Carousel of Des Moines turned off the music at Union Park for kids with autism.

“Loud noises tend to overwhelm them or over stimulate them so they tend to shut down. Drew will cover his ears and he just wants to be away from all of the noise and chaos,” says Kristen Green. Her 5-year-old son, Drew, has autism.  He was diagnosed with the disorder three years ago.  It affects every one in 63 children today.

“He's just the sweetest boy. He's non verbal so he can't talk to us, but he uses lots of sign language,” said Green.

And like a lot of kids, he loves the carousel.

“It moves, there's lights, there's animals. It's just fun,” said Heritage Carousel of Des Moines Executive Director Suzy Coen.

Team Drew’s Crew didn't need the music to have fun. Decked out in their yellow superhero t-shirts, they came to the park to raise money and awareness for Autism Speaks

“We want everybody to enjoy the carousel,” says Coen.

“Definitely enjoying it more with no noise,” says Green.

Half of the proceeds from Sunday plus any donations will go to Team Drew’s Crew.

On Saturday, June 14th, Iowans will take part in the Walk Now for Autism Speaks at Principal Park. The event is for families, friends and other people affected by autism.

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