RENO, Nev. (KRNV & MyNews4.com) -- Parents of a local boy with autism are using their experience to help others. They started a foundation in his name and today was Spring Forward for Autism, their family-friendly fundraiser.
More than 600 people came out to Mackay stadium to support the Reitz family and their foundation.
"This is awesome," said Reno firefighter Art Reitz. "The turnout today has been overwhelming."
Reitz and his wife Carol RENO firefighter art ritz and his wife carol are hosting a fundraiser for their JUSTin HOPE Foundation.
"Justin is our 10-year-old son," Carol said. "He was diagnosed when he was two. He's just been doing wonderful."
The Reitzs have been hosting the event for years but this is the first one that will benefit their foundation, which they just launched in August.
"We had a 5k timed run, and we had a one mile fun run for the kids which was awesome," Art said. "I ran it with my seven year old."
They also had a 5k walk, a silent auction and raffle and entertainment for the kids. j
The fun-filled event is raising money that will go toward providing things ranging from birthday parties and presents, to gas, or a date night for parents of a child with autism.
"Just a night out can mean so much for a marriage," Art said. "80 percent of marriages fail when you have kids with special needs."
"We know the effects that it has on a family and so we're trying to help in any way we can," Carol said.
So the funds raised by the JUSTin HOPE Foundation will go to local families with kids who have autism or other neuro-developmental disorders.
If you couldn't make it out to the event but want to help, you can find more information or donate at justinhope.org