Autistic rapper 50 Tyson is set to be one of the main guests of the Autism Society of Minnesota's (AuSM) upcoming 11th annual Steps of Hope fundraising walk, which goes down on Sunday (March 6).
50 Tyson, who became a Internet sensation after posting a Youtube video of himself rapping, will be featured in a special performance.
And is excited about doing his part to benefit autism research.
"I am excited to be able to do my part to raise money for autism research," 50 said in a statement. "As an autistic rapper, it's important that I demonstrate to other autistic individuals that you too can live out your dreams and not let autism slow you down."
The 17-year-old has been heavily involved in the community to raise money and awareness, and recently donated money to Autism Speaks, said his rep.
The walk will take place at Ridgedale Center in Minneapolis, MN at 9 a.m., when registration begins, following by the walk, which takes place at 11 a.m.
The Autism Society of Minnesota expects more than 1,500 participants for the walk, which will benefit individuals, families, educators and employers impacted by autism.
The mission of AuSM is to serve Minnesota's autism community, which is more important than ever, as national rates of diagnosed autism spectrum disorders have soared to 1 in 110. With adult support groups and therapy, family advocacy programs, social skills groups, camps and an extensive resource directory, AuSM strives to fulfill the needs of those living with autism throughout Minnesota and western Wisconsin.
Through workshops and an annual conference, AuSM keeps families and professionals at the forefront of cutting-edge research, information and therapies. The organization is celebrating 40 years of existence, in which they have served more than 12,000 families impacted by autism.
"Through our Steps of Hope Support Grant program, we invite Minnesota families, schools and service providers to request financial help to purchase goods and services they need as they work with individuals with autism," a rep for AuSM said.