Every year, April is seen as the World Autism Awareness Month and to respect that, Khushi, A Pediatric therapy center located in Mumbai held Cause-a-thon a special 7-kilometer and 1-kilometre Marathon at Taj Lands End on 3rd April as a part of their Autism Awareness Campaign.
Initiated by Khushi Pediatric therapy centre started Cause-a-thon in 2013. Celebrities like Anita Raj and Mickey Mehta has extended their support to the cause.
This year the kids with Autism and other children with special needs conducted the event. The kids had taken up the responsibility of escorting guests and conducted the event through competing and giving away medals to the winners and refreshments to all participants.
According to Khushi founder Reena Singh: Cause-a-thon is just about appreciating the strengths of kids with Autism while accepting their differences without being judgemental about Autism or any developmental disability. It is about sensitizing the society so that they accept Autism and become more aware about it.
Cause-a-thon, is a free event for special children, It had over 325 participants in 2013 and about 505 runners in 2014, last tear they had around 800 registrations and this year its crossed 800. Khushi mainly work with children with Autism and other disorders occurring with autism, eg - Autism and Celebral Palsy, Autism and Mental Retardation etc.