Imagine if there was a cure for Autism. One little known type of the disorder might be headed in that direction.
Saturday, friends and families came together to make sure that happens. It's the inaugural Stroll-a-thon for Rett Syndrome; a rare and most debilitating type of autism that affects mostly girls.
New research indicates an advancement towards a cure that affects 24 families in Nebraska.
"Rett Syndrome has been reversed in mice and they're doing clinical trials now in Boston to find treatments and help girls," said organizer Jaci Horst. "And hopefully we're crossing our fingers for a cure."
Organizers hope to start a Nebraska chapter for Rett Syndrome to help educate and raise money for those affected with the genetic disorder.
REPORTER'S NOTES: Since starting online fundraising in February, organizers have raised more than $48,000 towards the International Rett Syndrome Foundation. More information on this genetic disorder can be found at www.rettsyndrome.org.