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Family won't give up until there is a cure for autism

By Natasha Clark

Assistant Managing Editor

EAST LONGMEADOW Radcliffe and Gina Kenison won't stop. They said they can't.

"I'm sorry, there hasn't been a cure. When there is a cure, then you won't hear from me again," Kenison said.

Until then, they will continue to raise money for autism research in honor of their two sons, Radcliffe and Arthur. Each year their efforts have been tracked by The Reminder and each year they continue to outdo their previous goal raising funds, educating the public on the fastest-growing developmental disability in the United States, making new friends and inspiring others along the way. Last year, in an unprecedented move by the East Longmeadow Jaycees, a mass mailing was issued to town residents full of autism awareness information and the underlying hope that residents would choose to donate toward the cause. Over $1,700 was raised from the mailing.

Things continue to expand for the Kension family and their walk team, Radcliffe is the Reason and Arthur, Too! This year the elder Radcliffe is co-walk chair for the Western New England Autism Speaks Committee, and he is prepping for the 2008 Walk Now for Autism on Sept. 13.

"There's so many families affected by autism and so few involved," Gina said, hoping to get more individuals involved with the annual walk in Westfield. "There are so many newly diagnosed families."

This year their team has set a fundraising goal of $15,000, which they believe is quite attainable, considering that they've raised more than $24,000 in the past.

Those interested in sponsoring Radcliffe is the Reason and Arthur Too! can make checks payable to Autism Speaks and send them to Radcliffe and Gina Kenison at 63 Heatherstone Drive, East Longmeadow, MA 01028. Donors are instructed to write Radcliffe is the Reason and Arthur Too! in the memo section of the check.

Donations will be accepted after the walk as well. For more information on autism, visit