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PHOTOS: Krystal Dawn Retreat hosts fall fling for kids with autism

Several people enjoy a hayride at Krystal Dawn retreat during a fall festival on Oct. 22. See more photos below the story. Photos by William R. Toler - Richmond Observer

ROCKINGHAM — Kids along the autism spectrum and their families spent Saturday afternoon participating in a variety of activities at Krystal Dawn Retreat.

The retreat, situated on a pond south, offered fishing and paddle-boat rides, in addition to face and pumpkin painting, hayrides and various games for its Falling in Love with Autism fall festival.

Krystal Dawn Retreat is the vision of Barbara and Leo McAuley who visited other properties in North Carolina, as well as Virginia and Tennessee, before settling on a site on Sneads Mill Road south of Cordova to build a getaway for families with special needs children.


It’s named after Barbara McAuley’s daughter who had more than 50 surgeries in her short lifetime and died following a multiple organ transplant at the age of 13.

Read more about Krystal Dawn Retreat here.

See more photos from Falling in Love with Autism below.

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