Join CafeMom Today! Autism Amber Alert: - Benefit set for boy who was lost
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Friday, December 2, 2011 - Benefit set for boy who was lost - Benefit set for boy who was lost

A community came together in October to help find a Caroline County boy with autism who was missing in the woods for six days.

Now, two separate groups are asking the community to support 9-year-old Robert Wood Jr. and a volunteer who suffered a heart attack during the search.

A benefit dance will be held tonight to raise money to help offset the medical bills for Robert and 50-year-old Rodney Clifton of Henrico County, who suffered a heart attack while volunteering to search for Robert on Oct. 27.

On Sunday, a fundraising dinner is planned in Caroline to raise money for an organization that helps locate missing people.

The dance, sponsored by the Frog Level Volunteer Rescue Squad, will be held from 7 p.m. to midnight at the Dawn Community Center, 16315 Dawn Blvd.

Robert, who celebrated a birthday last week, has returned to a somewhat normal life after his adventure in the woods of a Hanover County park. He is back home with his mother in Ruther Glen and has returned to the Faison School for Autism in Richmond.

Robert wandered off on Oct. 23 while walking along a trail in North Anna Battlefield Park in Doswell with his father, his younger brother, Ryan, and his father's girlfriend. Ryan, 7, also has autism.

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