The Lexington High School wrestling team recently raised $300 for the McCarty Center through their "Pin for Autism" campaign.
The team had "Pin for Autism" singlets made, and the student wrestlers reached out to sponsors to donate for every pin that each wrestler achieved.
Amy Hughes has a son, Colton, who is a senior on the team and is high-functioning autistic. His coach, Jared Garrett, decided to do something to honor Colton and this was his idea, she said.
Hughes said the center is meaningful to her family. "I chose the J.D. McCarty Center because I know firsthand how wonderful you all are."
Hughes is close friends with a family whose daughter receives center services and she’s been impressed with the care offered to this patient and others.
She wanted to see the team's donation go to the center because "I wanted somewhere close to home that I know helps give back to our communities and all of the kiddos with special needs."