PORTLAND, Ore. — Two members from the rock band Journey will perform in Portland this week at a fundraiser that hopes to bring awareness to autism.Drummer Deen Castronovo and keyboardist Jonathan Cain will take part in “A Hope For Autism,” a black-tie fundraiser at the Benson Hotel on Saturday.The duo hopes to bring a message to Oregonians and raise money to find a cure.”We’ve always been the type of band that likes to give back. And it’s real important to give back,” Castronovo said.Statistics show one out of nearly 100 children will be diagnosed with autism. Castronovo said hearing the stories of families dealing with autism strengthened his determination to help.”Oregon has one of the highest autistic rates in the country,” Castronovo said. “Anything we can do to get involved to help knock those levels down, we’ll do.”Tickets are $150 at the door or $125 if purchased before the event. Concert rock violinist Aaron Meyer will also make an appearance.
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