Walk for Kids event raises more than $200,000 for San Diego Center for Children
Helps children with behavioral health challenges
Last Updated: 39 days ago
SAN DIEGO - More than 1,000 people turned out Saturday to raise money for the San Diego Center for Children during the Walk for Kids event in Crown Point.
Shandoun Harbour said she always knew something was different about her son Shay.
When Shay was 11, he was diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder. After having to transfer out of three schools, Shay finally found his place at the San Diego Center for Children.
"It's such a relief to send your child to school and know that they're going to be taken care of and safe … and safety is a huge issue for these kids," said Harbour.
The San Diego Center for Children is the oldest nonprofit center that caters its curriculum for those who have behavioral health challenges like Shay. They use activities, games and music as part of therapy, aside from regular lesson plans.
But running this center is not cheap. It costs them $19 million a year to operate five campuses, with the community contributing only $2 million for this cause.
That is why the annual Walk for Kids is a huge fundraising event, bringing together more than 1,000 people who believe in the center, like Liz Sondhaus. Her son is a student there.
"Now, he has a sense of purpose," said Sondhaus. "He's got a place in the community. He teaches a P.E. class. He's got a leadership role. He's come so far when it comes to what a good person is."
Center officials say they try to give kids the extra attention they need so they can live independently despite the challenges they may be facing.
The center's goal was to raise $200,000 and organizers say they have surpassed it.
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