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11-Year-Old Makes Strides for Autism Awareness

The fourth annual Niko's Sale raised more than $15,000 for the Ozark Center for Autism.

JOPLIN - The fourth annual Niko's Sale raised more than $15,000 for the Ozark Center for Autism.

The rummage sale is named after Niko Bowman. He was diagnosed with autism at the age of 5.

Monday, Niko and his mother presented the Center with a check for the proceeds raised.

Since it began, Niko's Sale has brought in more than $27,000. The sale not only raises money for autism, but also awareness

"It touches everybody," Tania Bowman, Niko's mother, says. "People used to think it was something that happened to other people but now we know it touches everyone in someway or fashion. We all need to know about it and we all need to understand it."

The Centers says one in 88 children is diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder.

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