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Updated Apr 9, 2014 - 1:35 pm

KTAR's Action For Autism offers help to a single dad

Danny Portillo with News/Talk 92.3 KTAR's Jayme West. (Tyler Bassett/KTAR Photo)

PHOENIX -- In all the years News/Talk 92.3 KTAR has been helping the Southwest Autism Research & Resource Center (SARRC), we've never seen anything like this.

Danny Portillo is the single father of four. After listening to the KTAR Action For Autism broadcast, he picked his kids up from school and headed straight for SARRC, hoping to find some answers for his 7-year-old.

"He doesn't talk, he doesn't like to be hugged or anything," Portillo told News/Talk 92.3 KTAR's Jayme West. "I don't know where to turn. I don't know how to go about this. I don't know much about autism...I'm looking to get some help."

Larry Gaydos, host of Mac & Gaydos on News/Talk 92.3 KTAR, said that in his seven years of participating in the fundraising event, he had never seen someone essentially just walk in off the street.

"I don't remember anyone walking in with tears in their eyes, saying 'I don't know what I'm supposed to do and I just heard you guys on the radio'," he said.

Portillo and his son have an appointment at SARRC on Monday morning.

The one-day fundraising broadcast resulted in $361,696 in donations.

You can help SARRC by calling 602-368-8188 or by going to

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