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Tucson mom raising money to help children with rare speech condition

Posted at 6:08 AM, Aug 29, 2017
and last updated 2017-08-29 09:08:21-04

One Tucson mom is working to spread awareness of her son's rare speech condition. Apraxia of speech is a neurological condition that stops children from being able to form words properly, and it only affects one in 1,000 children.

Ryan Pichitino is now five years old and is working on saying his name and other words, but he mainly communicates with sign language.

His mom, Kelly, wants to raise money to create more programming to help Ryan and kids like him right here in our community.

"You have this precious child and he wants to talk so much and call you mom, call you dad, but he's kind of just stuck in his mouth because he know what he wants to say, the words just get stuck right here," Pichitino said.

To help raise money for speech therapy and other special education programs, Kelly Pichitino is holding a Walk for Children with Apraxia of Speech on November 4th, but, you can sign up now by clicking HERE