Preschooler, cancer survivor to lead local Autism Awareness Walk

April 24, 2019 09:36 AM

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — A preschool girl in the Finger Lakes is getting a big honor this week.

Alle Beavers is a fighter and has not given up despite everything she is going through. She has autism which affects 1 out of 59 kids. However, her biggest fight so far started just two years ago.

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"Alle was diagnosed with autism and then in September 2017, she was also diagnosed with kidney cancer,” said Katie McGowen, the Autism Coordinator at Happiness House. “She fought that battle and is currently in remission as of December.”

Beavers has been getting help at the preschool at Happiness House in Geneva for the last few years. The 5-year-old is going through occupational and speech therapy.

Her teachers say it is great having her back in the classroom because they were not sure how long she would be out while getting treated for cancer.

This weekend, Beavers is the honorary chair for the Autism Awareness Walk for National Autism Awareness Month coming up Saturday at Eastview Mall.

“The walks are so important because they increase awareness and I think they are such a great opportunity for community inclusion because everyone is welcome here,” McGowen said.

Beavers is starting to pick up on sounds and once she adjusts, she will start speaking with teachers she is more comfortable with.

It is free to sign up for the 9th Annual Autism Awareness Walk put on by the Ability Partners Foundation. The walk starts at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, April 27 at Eastview Mall. 

Donations and pledges will help support services for those with special needs.


Brennan Somers

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