Local student raises funds and awareness about autism

CHICKASAW, Ala. (WALA) – We have a great update to tell you about with a story we first featured earlier this week. A little girl raising money for her autism class totaled up her money and even got a surprise from the city of Chickasaw.

It was all smiles and celebration.

“This is the day, finally it’s here, Autism Awareness Day,” said Haleigh McCane.

Fox10 first introduced you to McCane earlier this week. She’s been raising money for her class.

“I did start with 100-dollars then when I already did it, I figured I could do another one. We’re going to have some fun activities,” said McCane.

How much did she beat her goal by? The total was $510.23.

“It shows the determination of Haleigh because this was all her idea and then by airing it, our community has gotten to see it even more as soon as it aired we had support from the students, staff, and community,” said McCane’s teacher Lindsey Jackson.

But that wasn’t all …

The city of Chickasaw officially named the day Autism Awareness Day for the city all because of her.

“Thank you everyone for helping us, I couldn’t have done it without you,” said McCane.

McCane said it’s a day she’ll never forget.

“I’m very excited, it’s just … this touches my heart,” she said.

The money will go toward supplies such as sensory project for the kids in McCane’s class. More than that though, she has set an example and brought awareness to what she says makes her special.

“It just goes to show you that one person can make a difference with support,” said Jackson.

McCane is also donating some of the money she raised to the Autism Society of Alabama.


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