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Caden, 4, and Alexis, 7, will have a lemonade stand Saturday in conjunction with a garage sale to raise money for the Walk Now for Autism Speaks event.

A Flower Mound family will have a garage sale and a lemonade stand this weekend to raise money for the Walk Now for Autism Speaks event, which will take place in October at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth.

The garage sale, which will take place from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday on Hanover Drive in the Timber Creek subdivision, was set up by Kristy Hundt. Her daughter, 7-year-old Alexis, has been diagnosed with high-functioning autism. Alexis and her 4-year-old brother, Caden, will handle the lemonade stand. Jeff Paull, the children's father, also set up the garage sale.

As a way to cope, Kristy formed a team last year to participate in the annual walk. Autism Speaks provides families with information and support. Money raised at the walk will go to Autism Speaks, which helps fund autism research.

In the span of about two weeks, the family has collected about $1,400 worth of items for the garage sale through word of mouth, emails and by using social media. She said several individuals have contributed, as well as Flower Mound businesses Sprouts, Market Street and Nothing Bundt Cakes.

Items include clothes, toys and household items.

"We set up the garage sale, but she wanted to do the lemonade stand," Kristy said. "She's really excited to get it going."

According to Autism Speaks' website, 1 in 68 children – 1 in 42 boys and 1 in 189 girls – is diagnosed as having autism spectrum disorder.

"I am so incredibly proud of my little girl, and I want to show her that nothing can hold her back," Kristy said. "She is excited to help others who have disabilities far worse than hers, as she is one of the most loving and giving children you will ever meet."

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