Hundreds gather to raise money for children with special needs

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Reported by: MirandaChristian
Updated: 10/13/2012 10:51 pm Published: 10/13/2012 10:38 pm

Plenty of people step out for a run on a Saturday morning. Hundreds showed up at Cascia Hall in support of the Little Light House. The organization lives up to its name by providing structure and guidance for families with kids who have special needs.

By the dozens, participants crowded the starting line for Laps for Little Ones 2012.

This marks forty years of service.

The little light house is a tuition- free pre school for children with special needs. It uses the run as a fundraiser

"My son was a student at the Little Light House,” said Aimee Baird.

Baird’s 10-year-old son, Jacob has autism. They run this race as a family every year: Jacob, Aimee and her husband Lt. Robert Baird.

"Its great to see so many people take their Saturday morning and do something for these kids with special needs," said Baird.

Lt. Baird held up his end of the deal. Thousands of miles away, in Saudi Arabia he put together a team of airmen.

While his family ran stateside, his group did the same, at the same time.

"This is a foreign thing for them, yet they gave their time for us," said Baird.

Troops give everyday, mostly to people they don't know. Lt. Baird has been deployed four times since 9-11, but sometimes it feels like he never left.

Organizers said this is the biggest turnout ever for the run. They usually raise around $300,000 every year.

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