Benefit held for medical alert bracelets

File photo: Organizers Sally White and Carla Shank with their sons.

The mother of a child with autism is a step closer to turning a


medical alert bracelet into reality.

Dozens of people turned out Saturday night

for the 2nd annual Shade White Autism Medical Alert Benefit at the American Legion in Palmyra.

Sally White and Carla Shank both have children with autism.

White's son walked away from her when he was only two

years old

. She found him walking down Highway 61.

That's why she's developed a medical bracelet equipped with a GPS and identification materials.

She worked with a Pennsylvania company to develop the prototype. Now, she's in the process of raising $18,000 before she can present it to Missouri Governor Jay Nixon.

Saturday night, the two held a fish fry and auction to raise the necessary funds. Sally says she's raised about $12,000 so far with $6,000 to go.

Organizers hope Saturday night's benefit helped them get much closer to their goal.

If you'd like to donate, can call either Sally White at (573) 795-3531 or Carla Shank at (217) 242-2990.