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Father and son to travel across country for autism awareness, fundraiser

Posted: 7:18 AM, May 24, 2019
Updated: 2019-05-24 08:18:18-04
Student with autism traveling for autism fundraiser

OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) — A Millard West student and his father will embark on a 48 state journey next week.

The goal is to raise money for the Autism Action Partnership.

"It's really more of a call to action ... an engagement opportunity," Mike Straub said. This is a big trip, it's a big deal, and it's a great opportunity to do a community fundraiser."

Mike and his 15-year-old son Adam, who has autism, are hitting every state in hopes of inspiring people to give, so more research and opportunities are available for autistic kids.

Mike tells us he started taking his sons, Eric and Adam, on one on one road trips in his red corvette when they were kids.

"He [Adam] remembers these trips, he brings them up all the time," Mother Jolene Straub said.

Now, as Adam heads into his sophomore year at Millard West, he and his father will take their trip next week.

It's the first time Adam will visit all of the lower 48 states in his dad's blue corvette.

Adam's older brother Eric says, he's learned a lot about autism.

"It's a message and a lesson in respect, opens their eyes to this person is the same as me (we're equals) he's just a little bit different, and that's a good thing," Eric said.

Adam tells us he planned the trip.

He says he's looking forward to spending the quality time with his dad.

"Really just hanging out with him and talking to him some parts here and there," Adam said.

Jolene tells us, the trip is also a chance to teach others about acceptance.

"Nobody wants their child to be misunderstood," Jolene said. The more understanding there is, the more education there is, the more acceptance and inclusion there will be."

Mike and Adam say they're looking forward to memories that will last a lifetime.

Visit https://www.gofundme.com/48-State-Drive-For-Autism-AAP to make a donation to their cause, 100% of the proceeds will go to the Autism Action Partnership.

You can also follow their journey on their Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/48StateDriveForAutism

Millard West High School will hold a send off celebration for Adam on May 29th from 1-2 p.m.