Demolition derby helps raise autism awareness

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Updated: 9/01 11:28 pm

SCHAGHTICOKE, N.Y. – A young man accepted a Facebook challenge to raise autism awareness.

Tyler Bulson was challenged to raise money for the Autism Society to help out his friend Conner Guerin who has autism.

“So I thought why not smash some cars and have some fun with it,” Bulson said.

Bulson decided to enter a car into a demolition derby at the Schaghticoke Fair to raise the money. Christopher Guerin is Conner’s dad.

“Somebody knows someone today who has autism, and we’re just glad that Tyler, who is a wonderful young man, is bringing awareness to this situation,” he said.

Bulson bought an old car for $200, put another $40 into it, got his family to help paint it, and charged people to sign it.

“It sat up at Chrissy’s Cravings on a Saturday and raised $150,” the 18-year-old said.

People signed their names to get crushed for a good cause. When the derby is over, Bulson will scrap the car to raise more funds.

“It feels like I’m making a difference and showing that I care,” he said.

Bulson said he plans to do a demolition derby every year to raise money and awareness for other 

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